Dates: November 12, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Oil painter Douglas Bourgeois is well known for his meticulously detailed compositions. In the words of art critic D. Eric Bookhardt, his work “psychically inhabits a lush frontier where American pop culture bumps against bayou country and ancient mythology”.
This special Saturday afternoon event includes a guided tour of twenty-two portraits by Bourgeois in the exhibition “Face to Face.” About this work, Bourgeois explains:
“I have collected school annuals and yearbooks for many years, and I’ve created paintings based on full pages from these annuals. The mystery of the incredible young faces in these photos, as well as the quality of the original black and white photography, still intrigue me. Instead of becoming a depiction of the entire class, these small paintings are taken on a different path, as individual portraits. I place the pictures in used, discarded or discount new frames. The features, hair, and clothing are changed somewhat; and the facial expression in the portrait is heightened. I envision these portraits as characters based on real lives. New names are given for each portrait. The pathos in the original annuals’ photos still moves me, and I hope to continue the series. At this point around 75 have been finished.”
In 1974 Bourgeois earned a BFA in painting from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Bourgeois’ work has been exhibited widely in the US and is presently part of the touring survey exhibition “Southern Accent”, which originated at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham NC. In 2017, it will travel to the Speed Museum in Louisville KY. Bourgeois was also featured in the 2014 Prospect 3 New Orleans biennial.
His work is part of many public collections, including the National Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; Frederick R. Weisman Collection, Los Angeles CA; and the New Orleans Museum of Art. Bourgeois’ has also been recognized by awards and fellowships from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Image Credit: Douglas Bourgeois. Our Lady of the Monster Beats, 2011. Oil on panel.