Georg Douglas

Born 1945, N. Ireland

Lives in: Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Describe your art in 3 words: Strong, colour, joyful

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Yellow flowers Oil on canvas 140 x 300 cm

"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 of joy. The world of flowers and Irish dance have been my inspiration for some time."

What themes does your work involve?
The complex world of flowers from the visible down to the molecular scale and dancing, especially Irish dancing. These may seem disparate themes, but they inspire finished abstract works which are very comparable.
Describe your creative process.
Having embarked on a particular theme such as the life of flowers, I like to explore and develop it until I don´t know how to go on. This has not yet happened. Most often new ideas come out of the blue. I usually start with a very simple idea and design and try to keep to that, but it is essential that the painting takes its own direction and develops while I am working. I usually recognise this point fairly early on and things tend to happen quickly after that. I have always listened to comments from other artists and my wife in deciding if the work is finished. I don´t like repeating particular ideas, even if they have worked well but rather take a change in direction or simply work in a new palette. I have always felt that large works suit me and my subject matter best.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
I think the main influences in my art have been a country childhood, growing up in the natural world and later my scientific training and career which has taught me to understand and appreciate the complexity and beauty of nature at all scales. Nevertheless my inspiration most often comes from light and its play on and within the floral world.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
To me great art is art which involves the emotions, especially triggering awe, happiness and a feeling of well being. In this regard it compares with music or dance. Of course others may use art to arouse feelings of anger or comment on social issues, which are of less importance to me.
What is the role of the artist today?
As a practising artist I can only comment on my own experiences. I enjoy the creation inherent in painting to the extent that I paint daily. Like most creative work, painting is a mixture of challenge, difficulty and occasionally relaxation. I like all of these, but I didn´t choose art as much as always being involved with it even as a child. I have strong feelings about what is beautiful in life, especially in the natural world and I want to convey these feelings to others. Many contemporary artists seem to be involved in stressing modern problems and social issues in their work. I feel that politicians, the news media and others do this more than adequately and that art can and should lift us to a level above this and show us things of beauty and interest.

Blue flowers Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm
Blue grass exotica Oil on canvas 140 x 200 cm

Along the path Oil on canvas 80 x 100 cm
Birth of a flower Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm
Secret garden Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm
Summertime Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm
In the meadow
To catch the breezy air
By the roadside Oil on canvas 100 x 140 cm
Garden party Oil on canvas 200 x 300 cm


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