Douglas Zest is an Ontario-based digital artist who creates dreamlike compositions that address the tension between conscious and subconscious. Douglas’ works have a sleek yet varied aesthetic, each prompting a very different reaction by the viewer.
I really enjoy Douglas’ abstract works – in this area of his portfolio he seems to excel with experimentation, pushing the digital medium to discover where it might take his work. Each different composition seems to stem from a central idea about the aesthetics and overall concept, then each seems to explode out in a fractal pattern.
The artist also works with figurative imagery. In his Inner Dreams and Demons series, Douglas frequently incorporates imagery from classical art, sometimes with a biblical or mythical undertone. Classically rendered faces and limbs peek out from behind compositions of pure color, creating a sense of uneasy revelation for the viewer, as if you’re looking directly into a prophetic dream sequence.