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The Art Portfolio of Douglas Zest

A painting made by pouring warm hues of paint onto a surfaceEclipse

Artist Douglas Zest creates complex, layered abstract paintings using a technique called a “dirty pour,” in which different colours of acrylic paint are layered and mixed in a cup or vessel before being poured onto the canvas. The resulting pieces are firmly abstract but often call to mind aerial views of distant planets, or microscopic vistas.

An abstract pour painting with blue, black and white huesDelight


I like seeing the way Douglas brings his own unique style to the pouring method of painted abstraction. His works invite comparison to contemporaries like Luis Pagan, or J.D. Doria, but Douglas also has his own unique and instantly identifiable style. I find that Douglas tends to use a far-reaching selection of colours in each work, and this diverse colour palette lends to more complex, apparently more detailed imagery.

The front page of Douglas Zest's art portfolio


The artist also occasionally brings figures into his works, layering abstracted paint pours over appropriated photographs and figure paintings in his Inner Dreams and Demons series. Though the images themselves are usually subdued into greyscale, the artist’s selection of paint colours indeed evokes dreamlike, mythological visuals.

A painting made by layering poured colours over a figurative imageA Demon Within Us All



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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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