Discover Doug Wallace’s Eclectic Realm of Byzantine Queens and Mythical Maidens
During February and March 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.”
Enjoy 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.
Enter Our “Discovering Southern Oregon” Art Contest!
A $50 prize and a “People’s Choice” ribbon await the winner of our “Discovering Southern Oregon” contest! All entered/accepted artwork will be on display during March. Each contestant’s entry will be numbered and Art du Jour Gallery visitors will vote for their favorite. Entry forms are available at the gallery and must be submitted by February 25.
Artists may enter one artwork with the “Discovering Southern Oregon” theme. The entry fee is $10. A “People’s Choice” ribbon and $50 will be awarded to the winner on Friday, March 31, at 10 a.m. The winning artist need not be present to win. When an artwork is sold the artist will receive the sale price less 25% commission. Sold artwork may be replaced with the same size work with no additional fee. The entry should be 22 x 28 inches or smaller including the frame. The work must be for sale and be the artist’s original work. The artwork should be framed or have finished or painted edges. The work must have a stable hanging wire across the back. Please bring in your entry on Friday, Feb. 24, or Saturday, Feb. 25, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For complete information, see details on the entry form or call the gallery.
New Artist-Members Welcome!
Art du Jour Gallery welcomes artists of any medium to apply for membership in our artists’ cooperative. We have display space for you in our fine art gallery and invite you visit Art du Jour at 213 E. Main Street in Medford and fill out an application. Bring in three or four gallery-ready examples of your work for jurying. Come join us! (541) 770-3190.
Third Friday, February 17th, 5 – 8 p.m.
Join us at Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford, 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.