The sacred and secular meet at Gallery Fifty Six
By Rollin Kocsis
Gallery Fifty Six will present Illuminations: Sacred and Secular. This exhibit will include 30 paintings by Memphis artist David Douglas. Almost half of the paintings will be illustrations of Biblical stories from the New Testament and half will be individual portraits. The exhibit will be open to the public on Friday, April 1, with an artist’s reception from 5-8pm at the gallery, which is located at 2256 Central Ave. Illuminations: Sacred and Secular can be viewed Wednesday through Friday from noon-4pm and Saturday from 11am-4pm throughout the month of April. Private viewings are available by appointment.
David Douglas, 53, completed a BFA from the Memphis College of Art in 1987 and in 1994 received a MFA from the University of Memphis. His religious paintings had their beginning 25 years ago in a class Douglas was enrolled in at the Memphis College of Art taught by Veda Reed. The paintings by Douglas are composed using the golden mean ratio and proportions. The Biblical stories depicted are from the New Testament, beginning with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. They cover events leading up to and including his death and resurrection – the Easter story.
Douglas’ individual portraits make up the secular part of the exhibit. These paintings express the hurt and pain people inflict on one another. They are not meant to be nihilistic in thought, but to be imbued with meaning and hope.
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