Georg Douglas

Born in: 1945, N. Ireland
Lives in: Mosfellsbær, Iceland
Describe your art in three words: Joyful, colourful, complex
Education: BSc, PhD in Earth Science
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"I like my paintings to be strong, whether from colour, form or something else. I want them to invoke an immediate reaction, either confronting the viewers or drawing them in to the work. They do not require much analysis or philosophical consideration, but rather appeal to the emotions and create an atmosphere. The world of flowers and Irish dance have been my inspiration for some time."

What themes does your work involve?
For several years my themes have been the plant and floral world and Irish dance. Although disparate themes I emphasize movement in both and often get comments on how similar the work is.
Describe your creative process.
The majority of my paintings originate as random ideas which come to me when outside in nature, lying in bed, at the theatre or elsewhere. Some have been turning over in my head for a long time, others not. I start with a very simple basic drawing which I try to keep throughout. Otherwise I let the painting evolve very much on its own.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My inspiration is the beauty of nature. I was born and raised in the country and have always had a close connection to nature both in work and play. I have never had doubts about its beauty. My art is probably to some extent an attempt to express this in its many aspects and convey it to others.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think good art needs to be original or even unique in some way, whether subject, style colour or whatever. Even so, great art may be great only for the viewer, for I think the input in all visual art is 50% from the artist and 50% from the viewer.
What is the role of the artist today?
Do what he or she must do and let us see it. Art was always close even when I was working in a completely different field and it never went away completely. I later years I slowly realised that this is what I should probably have been doing all along. Art is such a huge field that it´s hard to define its function in modern society. However I think that exposure is the key element. It needs to be everywhere and varied. With the Internet I think that this has already happened to a large extent. Circle Foundation For the Arts is an excellent example of an organisation making this possible.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist