Interviews | June 3, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of David Douglas

Interview: David Douglas
Luca Curci talks with David Douglas during MIXING IDENTITIES 2023, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.

David Douglas is a second-generation Artist. His father, the Late Mr. G. Douglas (George Douglas- popularly known as Gorey Douglas) was an eminent Artist of great international repute. Initially, David was a self-taught artist but later had the opportunity to pursue further training at the Ecole Nationale Superieur Des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. David has had several successful exhibitions and auctions to his credit in Nepal and abroad, including the one organized by the United Nations Women’s Organizations at Radisson Hotel (2000), the entire proceeds from the sale of his painting from the show were donated to a charitable cause (Girl Child). His other exhibitions include “ICIMOD in 2013” (International Centre For Integrated Mountain Development), “Levitation” in Siddhartha Art Gallery in Kathmandu, Nepal (2018).

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Image courtesy of David Douglas

Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
David Douglas – After having lost my Father at the tender age of 11, all the responsibility fell on my shoulders as my Mother too was not keeping well. Having been a second generation Artist, my father too was an artist of international repute, I decided to pursue art to make a living as there was ample art material left behind by my father. Initially, I was a self-taught artist -working, learning and selling my commissioned and other artwork at the same time from a very early age. My artistic pursuit was mostly based on lessons I passively acquired throughout my early childhood (I watched my Father at work, which could extend for hours at a stretch), my personal interests and my self-learning attitude. Much later, after having lost both my parents, I decided to pursue further learning and joined Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in France for further training. Though I was over age I was accepted for their course, but I did not receive a certificate. I attended most of the classes that they offered and were of interest to me.

LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
DD – Before I start work I Pray and Meditate. While I paint my thoughts are completely submerged in the work. I visualize my final outcome and I stay with that thought all the way. The world around me disappears and all that exists is me and my subjects. I become completely focused and I am deeply connected till it finishes which might take a few hours, days, months or years. Sometimes, I simultaneously work on more than one painting at hand.

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Image courtesy of David Douglas

LC – Are your work based on specific theme?
DD – At different times, I have painted on different themes depending upon factors that have inspired me and I have created their series which became very popular. Sometimes I have painted a series of wildlife, other times I have painted a series of Kumaries (The Living Goddess of Kathmandu), still other times series of forests and jungles, then tigers, snow leopards and portraits and historic cultural relics and statues including big frescos and murals. Sometimes it was surrealistic painting as I was very inspired by Salvador Dali. Now my works are based on superrealism. My wife calls me a versatile Artist.

LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
DD – It’s very challenging and interesting at the same time. Especially after having earned goodwill, popularity and a repute as an artist. The workflow is good.

LC – Do visitor’s suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
DD – I really appreciate both art lovers and critics who visit my show as it gives me a better perspective on my work.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
DD – Mixing of human and spiritual identities of Life. These two sides of humans are interlinked and cannot be separated from each other, Through the ‘Levitating Monk’ I am trying to show the connection and interlink between these two sides.

LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
DD – Levitation is a practice in Spirituality where a Meditator reaches such a high state that he begins to feel as light as the light, defying the force of gravity and begins to float above the ground and in the Ether. It is believed to be a result of Supernatural Spiritual powers or of the Psychic.

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Image courtesy of David Douglas

LC – What do you think about the organization of our events?
DD – It’s a good platform for artists to showcase and exhibit their work. I would have been able to give a better analytical comment on this if I were present there physically. From a distance, from where I live all was done very smoothly. You all have a good team. You all are doing a good work. Best wishes and keep up the good work.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
DD – Definitely. It’s all very well organized and orchestrated.

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Image courtesy of David Douglas

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