“Without preaching, Bourgeois reveals affection for ordinary people, exalting the underdog. Anyone living in the South today is aware of evidence of the past; there are slave quarter buildings with shackle posts and other signs of Southern history that still exist today. And while that time has passed, there is a residual legacy that Bourgeois’ sleight-of-hand realism and storytelling gifts help us to understand and transcend…” - See more at: http://arthurrogergallery.com/2006/12/douglas-bourgeois-psychedelic-southern-gothic-juxtapoz/#sthash.UdSdv8s9.dpuf
Left: Vessels for Marion Drummond, 2013. Oil on panel, 24 x 11 3/4 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. © Mike Smith Right: Womack and Del Ray, 2014. Oil on board, 20 x 16 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. © Mike Smith.
Douglas Bourgeois's meticulously rendered work reveals an incredible craftsmanship wedded with a mysterious ability to express the artist's vision through obsessive attention to detail. He combines his technical rigor with a far ranging grasp of the iconography of late 20th and early 21st century culture. His work is deeply informed by the regional psyche of New Orleans and Southern culture at large. The ornate symbolisms within his paintings illustrate complex dialogues and tensions, often between religion and pop culture, organic and man-made, tradition and modernity, regional and universal.
Bourgeois was born in 1951 and raised on a small farm in the rural southern Louisiana community of St. Amant in Ascension Parish. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and working in New Orleans for several years, he returned to St. Amant in 1981 to live. He has received numerous awards for his work throughout his career including a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in 1992; a Southeastern Artist Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and R.J. Reynolds in 1987; and Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship from Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1981.
Left: Traces, 2013. Oil on board, 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. © Mike Smith. Center:Double Holy Spirit Coco, 2013. Oil on board, 24 x 24 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. © Mike Smith. Right: Milagros, 2014. Oil on board, 14 x 11 inches. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. © Mike Smith
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