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Doug Lawler Oakland, California

Self-taught artist Doug Lawler has been creating since he was a child in Detroit, Michigan. His career as an artist has led him to some interesting places including Hawaii and eventually the Bay Area. “The allure of the 60s brought me to the San Francisco Bay Area,” says Doug. It was at this time he founded a printmaking collective in Berkeley where he designed and printed social justice leaflets and posters. Doug’s current body of work utilizes his printmaking background to present a whimsical and mysterious narrative. Ttitled “The Island of ZA: A Fable Without Words,” the series tells the story of a mythical island in roughly 100 dry-point etchings. Doug’s protagonists are a young girl and a dog who are on a journey steeped in magical encounters. Brimming with fantasy and delightful naivety, the artworks evoke childlike curiosity in viewers of all ages.

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    About The Artist

    Self-taught artist Doug Lawler has been creating since he was a child in Detroit, Michigan. His career as an artist has led him to some interesting places including Hawaii and eventually the Bay Area. “The allure of the 60s brought me to the San Francisco Bay Area,” says Doug. It was at this time he founded a printmaking collective in Berkeley where he designed and printed social justice leaflets and posters. Doug’s current body of work utilizes his printmaking background to present a whimsical and mysterious narrative. Ttitled “The Island of ZA: A Fable Without Words,” the series tells the story of a mythical island in roughly 100 dry-point etchings. Doug’s protagonists are a young girl and a dog who are on a journey steeped in magical encounters. Brimming with fantasy and delightful naivety, the artworks evoke childlike curiosity in viewers of all ages.

    Artist Statement

    I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and started my art career with oil painting. As a young artist I was intrigued with the romance of painting in the tropics and found myself living in Hawaii where I eventually had several one-man art shows including showings at The Gallery of Fine Arts (Hilo) and the Unitarian Gallery (Honolulu). After winning the top prize in the Hilo art fair two years in a row, the state purchased one of my paintings to add to their collection at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum in Honolulu.

    The allure of the 60s brought me to the San Francisco Bay Area where I had several one-man shows and was an invited artist at the San Francisco Art festival. During this time I founded a printmaking collective in Berkeley, East Bay Media, where I designed and printed social justice leaflets and posters, including the well-known “Bring the Monster Down” poster, that was included in the “All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area” exhibit at the Oakland Museum in 2012.

    During the late 70’s, I traveled to a tiny Mexican fishing village, Yelapa, where I lived and produced a series of pastel drawings that were later exhibited in the U.S. I eventually moved to Spain where, for 12 years, I worked and exhibited in numerous galleries such as The Galeria La Cortina in Barcelona, The Galeria Internacional in Ibiza, and the Galeria Torres Begue and Galeria Kandinski in Madrid. I also worked as a free-lance illustrator and was published in several periodicals in Barcelona.

    Upon my return to the United States, I became interested in art conservation and worked as a free-lance fine arts conservator for many years at San Francisco Bay Area museums including the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of my many projects was the restoration of the Jade Pagoda at the Oakland Museum. I was also awarded the contract for the restoration of the San Francisco Palace of Legion of Honor Museum; including renovation of several period rooms and the conservation/installation of the Spanish ceiling.

    Over the next 20 years, I focused on dry point print-making in limited and numbered editions. More recently, I have found oil pastels on paper to be my medium of choice. With a tendency toward figurative art, I am influenced by native and primitive artifacts as a connection with our past.

    “The drawings of Lawler are full of pathos, without becoming caricatures. In our opinion this is the most difficult and risky of styles. His message is clear while obscure, something he achieves magically.” -- M.D. Muntane, “Artes Plasticas”, Madrid, 1978

    “I.D. Lawler is a painter with roots firmly established in the most violent expressionism of Spanish art. His oils are distant siblings of Goya and Solano. They have the force of questioning our placidity.” -- Mario Antolin, “El Imparcial”, Madrid, 1980

    “The American painter, Lawler exhibits an expressionism; powerful and all encompassing." -- Lina Font, Radio Barcelona, 1978

    Hear What Collectors Say About Doug's Work

    J Keating 6/27/2018 | 11:52 AM

    Hi Doug - we received the 4 prints, thank you so much! we love them

    Doug Lawler 7/6/2015 | 8:19 PM

    Thank you I really enjoyed the workshop too. its acually fun to teach I learn a lot I have new work all the time on my website hope to see you soon Doug

    Doug Lawler 7/6/2015 | 8:16 PM

    Mike sorry for the delay in responding I was away I'm honored that you like my work. That particular piece was a fun one for me. it went thru alot of revisions until I got it right thanks again Doug

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    J Hardie 7/5/2015 | 10:34 PM

    Thanks for your workshop at Petroglyphe Gallery. Loved working with you and looking forward to next one. Love my print of Dinnertime. Can't wait to see your next pieces.

    Mike T. 7/1/2015 | 8:32 PM

    Just received "Mass Surrender." What a great piece! Your style is unique and distinctive. Thanks for your art. I'll be back.

    Doug Lawler 5/6/2015 | 1:53 PM

    d Thiel thanks for your kind words. Every artist loves to hear words of encouragement I'll be posting some new things soon thanks again Doug

    D Thiel 5/1/2015 | 1:08 PM

    Hello! I have Dog at Sunset and Big Dog hanging at home but find I am sorry to have missed "Girl with dog"!! Love it!!!

    Doug Lawler 6/25/2014 | 10:18 PM

    Im glad you like my work! thank you for your kind words Hope to here from you again Doug

    D Isaac 6/25/2014 | 2:08 PM

    I love your work! When I am able, I definitely want to buy one of your pieces.

    Doug Lawler 4/30/2014 | 9:27 AM

    Come see some of my dry point etchings! Show runs the month of May (Opening reception Friday, May 2). City Art Gallery, 828 Valencia, San Francisco.

    P Malina 3/20/2014 | 2:38 PM

    Hello Doug, I just purchased your fancy lady for my sister in law's 50th birthday, and wanted to have your description with it, when i went back to copy it, it is no longer available, could you possible email me with it at penny.malina@gmail.com i love your work!

    Doug Lawler 12/15/2012 | 3:48 PM

    People often ask me about how to display my Oil Pastels on Paper. I like using non-glare glass and a simple spacer to separate the artwork from the glass. Floating the piece in a simple frame allows the art to jump out at you!

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    UGallery 11/15/2012 | 8:38 PM

    What a cool piece! We featured this lovely lady on the blog. Check it out here: http://blog.ugallery.com/post/35810871276/new-artist-spotlight-robert-hofherr-doug-lawler

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