Doug Lawler | Light and Color
November 3 - 30, 2018
Reception and Book Signing | Saturday, November 10, 5 - 7pm
"The ongoing theme of my current work is light and color. I’m exploring light as the driving force in our understating of the universe and the laws of physics. Complex color is the total effect of the environmental influences on the objects we perceive. The color we see is really a combination of surfaces, reflections, and shadows. Light emerges from objects, light also penetrates objects. Color then becomes the essence of things, rather than the description of things. I try to capture an image where color and light combine to form a moment of grace." - Doug Lawler
Doug was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and started his art career with oil painting. He was intrigued with the romance of painting in the tropics as a young artist, and found himself living in Hawaii. He 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 his paintings to add to their collection at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum in Honolulu.
The allure of the 60’s brought Doug to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he had several one-man shows and was an invited artist at the San Francisco Art festival. During this time he founded a printmaking collective, East Bay Media, in Berkeley. He designed and printed social justice leaflets and posters, including the well-known “Bring the Monster Down” poster 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, Doug traveled to a tiny Mexican fishing village, Yelapa, where he lived and produced a series of pastel drawings later exhibited in the U.S. He eventually moved to Spain, and for twelve years he worked and exhibited in numerous galleries, such as The Galeria La Cortina in Barcelona, The Galeria Internacional in Ibiza, Galeria Torres Begue, and Galeria Kandinski in Madrid. He also worked as a free-lance illustrator, and was published in several periodicals in Barcelona.
Doug became interested in art conservation upon his return to the United States, and worked as a free-lance fine arts conservator for many years at S.F. bay area museums- such as The Oakland Museum and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. One of his many projects was the restoration of the Jade Pagoda at the Oakland Museum. He was also awarded the contract for the restoration of the of the San Francisco Palace of Legion of Honor Museum, which included renovation of several period rooms and the conservation/installation of the Spanish ceiling.
Doug spent the last twenty years focusing on dry point print-making in limited and numbered editions. More recently, he has produced exciting new works using oil pastels on paper, with his own “brush-less” technique.
After a twenty-five year hiatus, Doug’s newest work is now exhibited at various locations in California.
CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY & STORE
The Abrams Claghorn Gallery pairs a curated gallery space with a museum-style store that have exhibited and sold fine and functional artworks created by diverse Bay Area artists since April 2015.
The Gallery hosts workshops that invite community members to learn about and work alongside the artists showcased in our exhibits.
Our mission is to be a community-oriented platform for local artists with unique, underrepresented, and relevant voices. In this effort, we strive to provide a home for artists of all gender identities, cultures, ethnicities, and religions.
The Abrams Claghorn exhibition space has shown over 40 art shows by local, emerging artists since the Gallery opened in 2015.
The Gallery’s thoughtfully planned exhibitions begin with the choice of a broad concept, such as human rights, current events, and issues of identity. These concepts materialize through the selection of artists that represent the ethnic and gender demographics of the Bay Area artist community. In this way, Abrams Claghorn aims to ensure that the undistorted voice of local artists is communicated to the public.
The Abrams Claghorn store features handcrafted items and fine art originals and prints from local artists and makers.
Gallery funding comes completely from store sales. This means that a purchase from Abrams Claghorn not only directly supports artists and craftspeople, but is also what keeps our exhibits on display.
Abrams Claghorn offers a variety of workshops. Topics range from art and craft to art therapy and wellness, and are taught by qualified instructors from the local community.
The Abrams Claghorn Gallery is always evolving. Be sure to check back soon and often!