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'Ian Douglass is an American abstract painter, born in Chicago in 1992 and working in various countries around the globe. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2015 with dual-degrees Bachelors of Arts and Fine Arts focused in Art / History / Industrial Design. The body of his work consists primarily of paintings which mostly use emulsion, acrylic and oil on hardwood, plywood, plastic and discarded fabrics. His visual language extends a number of traditions, such as Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, into a signature style which celebrates the fluid, organic and tactile qualities of paint while his bright color schemes disrupt the harmonies of modernism. The effects on the viewers are highly evocative and make them complicit of/in whatever figures or narratives are read into the paintings.' -Prof. Dr. David Ratmoko

Selected Events:

Dar Slimane Residency (Upcoming)

Marrakech, Morroco. November 2018.

Shrine of Pure Ideology and Illuminated Creatures

SURVIVE! Garage. Yogyakarta, Indonesia, March 17-25 2018.

Installation and Ritual Performance featuring Limbah Berbunyi.

Hallucinations from the Castle's Prison 

Solo Exhibition • Castle Wil, Switzerland August 2015

From June through August 2015, I lived and worked in isolation in a prison cell next to the  Castle Wil  in a rural region of Switzerland, producing 27 paintings. This body of work is my first international solo exhibition, on view within the walls of the reverberating prison cells forever. 





Collaborative Performance March 2017 Sesama Gallery • Yogyakarta, Indonesia

In this collaborative performance, I performed an improvised ballet dance, wearing a custom-made recycled plastic tutu. Paint dripped off the tutu during the performance, creating a floor-painting. This spillage was then cleaned up, eradicating the proof. The piece reflects my childhood tension of dancing ballet in the violent hyper-masculinity of Chicago. The performance embodies our complex relationships with violence, secrets, gender and our true selves.


New York City

Parsons the New School for Design • BFA Industrial Design 2015

Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts • BA History (Focus on Art and Design Historiology) 2015