Greenhut Galleries in Portland is showing “Ed Douglas: New Works” with an opening reception 5-7 pm, Thursday Nov.1. The show runs through Dec. 1. The show features recent paintings from the past two years that continue along an old, well-worn path of developing. They display total color organization that, for Douglas, is pervasive, complicated and too difficult to be side-tracked by issues, subject or style. In fact, color is so dominant that the subject, or lack of subject, doesn’t matter. The painting is fiction, an invention, and subject to his skill. It is an effort not of exclusion or egotism. To the contrary, there is a fascinating interaction and reciprocity between painting and living, where the discipline of the former connects the artist to places, people, flowers, art, music, vague and vivid memories, and of late– his dreams.
Ed Douglas devoted his life to painting. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA and studied with Richard Diebenkorn at the San Francisco Art Institute where he obtained his MFA. He had a long teaching career at the Portland School of Art now the Maine College of Art as a well-respected professor of painting. For more information visit greenhutgalleries.com.