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Esoteric and Visceral: The Art Portfolio of John Douglas

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Filmmaker and mixed media artist John Douglas has built up a portfolio that spans decades and is packed with work both esoteric and visceral. John’s works often focus on social and economic issues sometimes in a frank way and other times with undercurrents of meaning that leave the exact message up for interpretation.



I find John’s work with computer imaging and digital modelling rather intriguing. As we discussed in our previous feature of John’s hard-edged and fiercely political artwork, the artist often uses trees and rocks as motifs, creating detailed, realistic models of these figures and repeating them or grouping numerous models together in a scene. The compositions that John builds with these digital figures seem slightly surreal; they’re dreamlike and off-kilter, especially when combined with sound elements.

A screen capture of John Douglas' art portfolio


John’s soundtracks for his digital films are discordant and even eerie – combined with shadowy, intertwining tree branches, strains of digitized violin and piano seem straight out of a ghost story or uneasy dream.



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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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