Artist Statement

I create small, intimate, abstract paintings on artisan wood, using house paint, acrylic, charcoal and other materials. I use an electric sander to erode through layers of paint and wood to create texture. This process of doing and undoing is how I control my compositions.

I am currently working on a series of abstract portraits and self portraits. I invite a guest into my studio, physically or virtually (over the phone or FaceTime). Anything can happen - we talk or remain silent, we eat or drink, listen to music - all as I paint. I am not painting the person, I am painting my relationship to them, our conversation, and our shared moment together. The small works vary in color, composition, shape and texture to describe specific moments with specific people.

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Douglas Welsh / welsh.dougp@gmail.com

Artist Website: douglaswelsh.com

Awards

2016        Scholarship, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 BLOCK XVII, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

2018        Student Art Show, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

2017        The BLOCK, Williams Tower Gallery (curator – Sally Sprout), Houston, TX

2017        Student Art Show, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

2017        Texture, Kinder Morgan, Houston, TX

2017        BLOCK XVI, Interspace Gallery, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

2014        Senior Thesis Exhibition, Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME

Education

2022 MFA in Painting, University of Houston, Houston, TX

2014        BA in Visual Arts, Bates College, Lewiston, ME