Discover Doug Wallace’s Eclectic Realm of Byzantine Queens and Mythical Maidens
This month in our Salon, Art du Jour is excited to present a radically different artistic vision by guest artist Doug Wallace. Doug, who spent two decades in Hollywood as an actor and screen writer, has been an artist since childhood. In his own words, “Looking back down the tunnel of time, scrolling through the historical archives of what has interested me artistically for most of my life, I always find a bit of the fantastic in all that I do…and nothing is ever completely realistic.” Doug applies the same philosophy to his storytelling and his visual art. “In essence, I like to have one foot based in reality, while springing off the other to soar to the stars and create something that never was, be that an image or an entire world.”
His art eludes conventional description. “The inspirational references for my paintings are many: Gothic, Pre-Raphaelite, Byzantine, religious icons, mythology, fairytales, book illustrators, and dreams. Surrealism has also played a part in my creative thinking.” He says, however, that if he were forced to categorize his paintings, he might call them “Eclectic Romanticism, or Theatrical Gothic.”
“One element I do try to incorporate into all my work is a sense of beauty, be it classical, surreal, or even grotesque.… But it’s the human form that fuels my passion the most…. For me, the human figure is the most challenging and the most exciting image to render.” Doug prefers to work in oils. He loves their luster and the rich glow of their patina. “I’m in love with watching a painting come to life.”
Doug studied art at the Atlanta School of Arts for a year, and after attending Georgia State University, he worked briefly as a psychotherapist. The compelling call of art led him to Hollywood where he became an actor, screen writer and novelist. He studied film making at UCLA and LA City College. After nearly two decades of show biz, he began to paint a bit more, just for the love of it. Once he moved to Ashland, Doug began to paint professionally. “I didn’t leave my writing completely behind,” he explains. “I have written two published novels since arriving in Ashland [five years ago], A Force of Will, A Shakespearean Fantasy Adventure, and Phase Out, a futuristic thriller. But painting, as it has always been, remains one of the great loves of my life.”
Find Joy in the Fanciful “Polka Dot Art” on Our Feature Wall
“Passion and Polka Dots” is the playful artistic theme for our February Feature Wall. Art du Jour artists who contributed whimsical paintings, endeavoring to bring a happy smile to your face, are Millie Clarke, Connie Fribance, Ruth Heath, Dick Woods, Ginny Matheson, Carol Sharp and Mary Jo Heath. We know you (and your children) will enjoy these light-hearted works of art.
Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, on Friday, February 17th, 5 – 8 p.m., to meet special guest artist Doug Wallace, featured Art du Jour artists and other gallery artists as well. Our reception will include the soothing guitar, keyboard and flute music of Minstrel Streams. Appetizers, wine and cider will be served. Regular gallery hours are 10 – 4, Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, call (541) 770-3190.