“If you love art, keep looking at art and keep working from it –
and work intensely.”
Douglas Craft earned his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and became a great educator, teaching at prestigious schools such as the University of Kentucky, The Royal College of Art in London, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Cooper Union and School of Visual Arts in New York.
Craft’s work ranges from acrylic or oil on canvas to mixed media collage on paper or canvas. Inspired by German painter Max Ernst, Picasso and French painter, Henri Matisse, Craft often created layers and textures on canvas described to have, “a musical quality that is serene yet inherently vibrant and visually stimulating.”
His exhibitions spanned the U.S. and internationally, with paintings in collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Art Institute of Chicago, Newark Museum and Jersey City Museum. Craft’s solo exhibitions can also be found in Chicago, New Mexico, Kentucky, London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Referred to as an artist who “doesn’t seem to be able to do anything wrong,” by reknown art critic, Connie Kienzel, Mr. Craft’s exploration of color and texture pushed the boundaries of art. In 2001, Craft exhibited, “White Cycle,” a group of white paintings that encompassed enormous subtlety and surface nuance. Of this work, Craft said, “White is pure, is virgin, is wonder, is color and is non-color. It is meditative and is didactic. It encompasses all and denies everything. It is all and is nothing. Only the viewer can add to the image and the image is therefore veritable, life.”