LJ Douglas uses the garden as inspiration in her newest prints. Abstracted floral and faunal imagery, garden designs, bright colors and patterns observed in her own garden make their way into these playful images.
The artist writes:
“My work emerges from a conceptual space where various cultural ideas come together through merging abstract processes with uninhibited, impulsive and deliberate actions. Evolving from the personal subjective, I engage in ideas concerning the interconnectedness between things. Nevertheless other ideas filter in, for example; the body, botany, micro- and macrocosms, maps, patterns, forms, color, and the interpretation of musical themes visually. Free association of ideas guide the work process, playing off of visual similarities, color, or form as a way to see and understand a “felt” world. Composing these works, consideration is given to how they would sound if they were music. Each work is an intimate choreography that takes the viewer on a fluid journey, each work implies a real place where abstract/mechanical marks can stand in for organic elements and where the visual can be a portent of the actual. Visual metaphors abound in my work and are there to engage the viewer with the recognized, familiar, unique, curious, similar and dissimilar. As each piece develops, the search for the particular meter, dynamic, harmony and/or discord, merges with the melody and texture of that piece, as they merge with visual ideas.”
Lives and works in Bloomington, IL.
1977 MFA – painting and drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
1975 BFA – painting and drawing, Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
ONE & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
LJ Douglas: Animations, Joe McCauley Gallery, heartland Community College, Normal, IL
Variables: LJ Douglas and Gary Justis, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI
2013 Intimate Choreographies: L J Douglas and Sarah Smelser, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL, Peoria, IL
Plush Variables: Gary Justis in Collaboration with L J Douglas, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
Niche: L J Douglas & Sarah Smelser, Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, IL
L J Douglas, Quincy Art Center, Quincy IL
Gary Justis in Collaboration with L J Douglas, Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
L J Douglas, Lincoln College, Lincoln, IL
L J Douglas, Alfedena Gallery, Chicago, IL
L J Douglas, Merwin Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
L J Douglas, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL
L J Douglas, Eureka College Art Gallery, Eureka College, Eureka, IL
L J Douglas, Gallery Room 302, Bloomington, IL
L J Douglas and Shona Macdonald, Art and Design Gallery, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
1994-95 L J Douglas, Gallery A , Chicago, I
1990 L J Douglas, Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1989-90 L J Douglas, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX
1987 L J Douglas, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1980 L J Douglas, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Anniversary Show, Arc Gallery, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Merwin and Wakely Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
System Preferences, SCA Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM
Indiana Green, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI
Collected Verse, Limerick School of Art and Design, Limerick, Ireland
Collected Verse ,Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
Define Drawing, McClean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
Configuration: LJ Douglas, Erin Furimsky, Grace Sheese, Sarah Smelser, Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Heartland Community College Library, Normal, IL
Downtown Bloomington Area Artist Showcase, Bloomington, IL
Summer Show, McCauley Gallery, Heartland Community College, Normal, IL
Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art from the Illinois State Museum Collection, Illinois State Museum, Jim Thompsom Center, Chicago, IL
Sketchbook Project (traveling exhibition): Brooklyn Museum; Austin Museum of Art, and 29th Street Ballroom at Spider House, Austin, TX; Space Gallery, Portland, ME; The Granite Room, Atlanta, GA; Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC; Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY; Form Space Atelier, Seattle, WA; Madrone Studios, San Francisco, CA; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Full Sail University, WInter Park, FL.
Physio/tasma/gorical, curated by Susan Senseman Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Laws of Nature, curated by Leah Schrieber, Eeffjay Projects, Sheboygan, WI
Kaleidoscope, benefit auction, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Bookmarks lX (traveling exhibition): Art & Fiction, Lausanne, Switzerland; Art & Fiction, Genève, Switzerland; Edinburgh College of Art Library, Edinburgh, Scotland; Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI; Manly Library, Manly, Australia; Orkney Library and Archive, Orkney, Scotland; Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne Bibliothèque, Universitaire Tréfilerie, Saint-Etienne, France; Wascana Campus Library, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Regina, Canada; Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK; Yateley Library, Yateley, Hampshire, UK
Cut/Paste, curated by Shona Macdonald, Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
All New and Exciting, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
Faculty Biennial, Merwin and Wakely Gallery, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Bookmarks Vlll (traveling exhibition), IMPACT 6, 2009 Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference, Bristol, UK: Bower Ashton library, Bristol, UK; Lyrikkabinett Munich, Germany; Eureka Books, Eureka, CA; SNAP Studio, Bristol, UK; Glasgow School of Art Library, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; National Irish Visual Arts Library, Dublin, Ireland, UK; Howard Gardens library, UWIC Cardiff, Wale, UK; Door No.3, Print and Book Arts Studio, The Methow Valley Community Center, Twisp, WA
Francis and June Spiezer Collection, Rockford Art Museum Rockford, IL
2008 Artist’s Book Biennial, Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
2007 Don’t Fade Away, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL, curated by John Brunetti
Artists’ Book Exhibition, Lonstrom Art Museum, Rauma, Finland
Rabbit and House: 4th International Artist Book Triennial, Vilnius, Lithuania
#510: If the Shoe Fits, Betty Rymer Gallery,School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
15th Annual North American Small Print Exhibition, Robert L. Ringel Gallery, Purdue University, Indiana
Exposed: Envisioning the Invisible Body, Curated by L J Douglas, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL
Eight Contemporary Views: Ken & Barb Hoffman, Ron Jackson & Kathryn Capley, L J Douglas & Gary Justis, and Pam Ayres & Kaz McCue, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
Faculty Exhibition, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
IV International Competition, Artists’ Book 2005, (award: Special Mention), Artempresa Gallery, Corodoba, Argentina
Specimen Exploration: David S. East, LJ Douglas, Kurt Treeby, Robert A. Peck Arts Center, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyoming
To Have and To Hold: Art You Can Touch, Minnesota center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
BOOKMARKS III: Infiltrating Kontatkt 2005, (traveling exhibition): Universität der Künste Gallery, Berlin, Germany; Muzeum National Museum of Poznan, Poland; Amherst College Library, Amherst, MA; University of Missouri, Saint Louis, MO;Yale Center for British Art, Newhaven, CT; Broekhuis Boekhandel, Enschede, Netherlands; Bower Ashton Library, Bristol, UK; Martin County Library Gallery, Fairmont, MN; Moufflon Bookshop, Nicosia, Cyprus
2005 New Editions Books>Old>New>/Digital 2005, Juried by Betsy Davids, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
The Project MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE (traveling exhibition): Le Fablier, Longueil, Québec; La Central Powerhouse Gallery, Montréal,Québec; Cégep de Matane. Matane, Québec; École La Croisée, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec; Cégep de La Pocatière, La Pocatière, Québec; Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy, Québec; Comite Alpha-Papineau, Gatineau, Québec; Alternative Book Fair, Montréal, Québec; Greater Sudbury Public Library, Sudbury, Ontario; Definitely Superior Artist- Run Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario; Montcalm Treatment Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta; Alternator; Gallery, Kelowna, BC; Banff Centre and Public Library, Banff, Alberta; Stride Arts Run Centre and Public Library, Calgary, Alberta; AKA Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; L’Ilot Fleurie, Québec City, Québec; Rad’a,, Montreal, Canada; Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA; project HOME, Philadelphia, PA; Space 1026, Philadelphia PA; Stroudsburg Public Library, Stroudsburg, PA The Banana Factory, Bethlehem PA; Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Hostos Community, College/CUNY, Brooklyn, New York; Parsons Gimbel Library, New York, NY; Local Project, Long Island City, NY; Clovis Press, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; Children’s Media Project, Poughkeepsie, NY; ARTSPACE, Hartford, CT; Rosendale Café, Rosendale, NY; Flywheel Arts Collective, Easthampton, MA; Palmer Public Library, Palmer MA; New Urban Arts, Providence, RI; AS220, Providence, RI; Center for New Words Reading Room, Cambridge, MA; Zeitgeist Gallery, Cambridge, MA; Berwick Research Institute, Roxbury, MA; Parc-Extension Library, Montreal, Quebec; Shawinigan Arts Council, Shawinigan, Quebec; Séminaire Sainte-Marie, Shawinigan, Quebec; La Tuque Municipal Library, La Tuque, Quebec; L’Ilôt Fleurie, Quebec; École La Croisée, Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec; Centre d’artistes Caravansérail, Rimouski, Quebec; Centre Culturel Aberdeen Moncton, New Brunswick; Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Novia Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Struts Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick; SAW Gallery, Vazaleen Ottawa, Ontario; OPIRG, Peter Robinson College, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontaio; Cooked and Eaten-reading, Gordon Best Theatre, Peterborough, Ontario; The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario; Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario; The University of Western Ontario and Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario; Niagara Artists’ Company, St. Catherines, Ontario; Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), University of Guelph. Guelf Ontario; Holly Greenburg Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY; Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA; Edinboro University Art Department, Edinboro, PA; Big Idea Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA; Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh, PA; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA ; Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Faculty Biennial, University Galleries, IL State University, Normal, IL
Exquisite Snake, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Me in Team, Heuser Gallery, Bradley University, Peoria, IL
So Square, McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
2002 To Kiss The Spirits, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001 Faculty Biennial, University Galleries, ISU, Normal, IL
Exquisite Corpse, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Self-portrait, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Bloomington Artists, Phoenix Gallery, Bloomington, IL
CORN ON THE CURB, Community project, Bloomington, IL
Interior Spaces/Still Lives, Illinois Women Artists Invitational, curated by Alison Hatcher McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, IL
New American Painting, The Open Studios Press, Number 23
Gallery Artists, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
Shona Macdonald, L J Douglas, Sean Caulfield, University Galleries, ISU, Normal, IL
25th Anniversary Show, ARC Gallery, Chicago, I
Collaborations, Printworks Gallery, Chicago, IL
Group Show, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1997 Gallery Artists, Summer Show, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
1996 In Her Own Right, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
Something in Common, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
Transition I: A look at Progress, Bennett Gallery, Knoxville, TN
Group Exhibition, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
Once Upon a Time…, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition, Gallery A, Chicago, IL
Views From Within, (traveling exhibition): Northern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL; Illinois State Museum, Lockport, IL; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
Plot: Mary Brogger, L. J. Douglas & Gary Justis, Susan Eder, John Ploff, N.A.M.E. GALLERY, Chicago, IL
Leafgate Garden, Public Art Project, Evanston, IL
L.J. Douglas, Lorraine Peltz, Donna Tadelman, Center For Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Silent Dramas, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Source Material: A glimpse Into the Artist’s Studio, Center For Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
1990 Small Things, Missouri Gallery, Chicago, IL
Still Life, Missouri Gallery, Chicago, IL
Metaphor & Atmosphere: New Realism in Chicago, Contemporary Center for Art, St. Louis, MO
Good Painting, State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL
1987 Veiled Light, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Group Show: Visiting Artists, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Then & Now, N.A.M.E. GALLERY, Chicago, IL
Artists Go To Bat, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
1985 Convergence, Mind, Myth, & Material, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Mythology & Religion in Art, N.A.M.E. GALLERY, Chicago, IL
Chicago Head 198, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago Artists, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL
The Fan Show, Hyde park Art Center, Chicago, IL
The Big Pitcher: 20 Years of the Abstracted Figure in Chicago Art, curated by Devon Golden Hyde park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Looking at Women, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1982 Summer Group Show, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, IL
Bibliograph, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Ford Foundation, New York, NY
Garage Moderne, Paris, France
Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL
International Minerals & Chemicals, Chicago, IL
Johan Deumens Archive, Heemsteede, Netherlands
Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Rhode Island School of Design, Province, RI
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flash Artist Book Collection, Chicago, IL
Westwood Management, Chicago, IL
Gary Justis, “Between Low and High Culture: Heavy Brow Gallery,” Open Salon, May 20, 2011(http://open.salon.com/blog/gary_justis/2011/05/19/between_low_and_high_culture _heavy_brow_gallery)
Khan, Amereen, Studio Magazine, featured artist, June, 2011.
Wirth, Steven, New City Chicago, on-line, November, 2007.
Elizabeth Sher and Madelaine Shellaby, March 2005, “New Editions Books: Old>New> Digital”, digital catalogue, of the exhibition. Artner, Alan, (Friday, March 11, 2005, section 7 C) Chicago Tribune, Art Galleries, “L J Douglas/ Karen Jayne”, pp 25.
Loehrke, Mark, (February 25, 2005, Tuesday, March 1), Key,This Week In Chicago, pg 7.
Faulkner, Tamara/Score, Joel/,( Friday, February 4, 2005, Volume 34, Number 19), Chicago Reader,
Readings & Lecturers/Galleries, pg 21.
Radio interview with Laura Kennedy on National Public Radio, aired on June 20, 2000.
Alison J. Hatcher, “Interior Spaces Still Lives, exhibit catalog, McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Il, pg. 3.
Mark Pascale, “ The Exquisite Corpse, exhibit catalog, Printworks Gallery, 1999, Chicago, IL, pg. 21.
Condon, Elisabeth. “L. J. Douglas, Lorraine Peltz, Donna Tadelman.” The New Art Examiner, September 1992, p. 30-31.
McLaughlin, Bonnie. “Source Material: A Glimpse Into the Artist’s Studio” The Reader, August 9, 1991, p. 32-33.
Hawkins, Margaret. “Studio is the Art in an Exhibit that Offers Unique View” Chicago Sun Times, August 2, 1991, p. 58.
McCracken, David. “Exhibit Offers Glimpses of Artist’s Studio’s” Chicago Tribune, July 26, 1991.
Brunetti, John. “Dialogue”, January / February 1991, p.17.
Artner, Alan. “Inverting Time: L. J. Douglas show views the present to the past” Chicago Tribune, September 13, 1990.
Stonitsch, Lonette M. “Views from Within” New Art Examiner, May 1990.
Holg, Garrett. “Views from Within, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, & Lockport (Catalogue), 1989, p. 8-13.
Donato, Debra. “Good Painting: Contemporary Chicago Painters” State of Illinois Art Gallery, Chicago, IL (Catalogue), 1988.
McCracken, David. “ It’s Hard to Classify ‘Good Painting’ Works” Chicago Tribune, April 1, 1988, section 7, p.52.
Yood, James. Art News, November 1987.
Abel, Jeff. New Art Examiner November 1987.
Golden, Deven. “Veiled Light…The New Glaze and Scumbling” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago IL
(catalogue) February 1987.
Bonesteel, Michael. “Realism Resurgence” Art in America December 1986.
Thorsen, Alice and Yood, James “Who Follows the Hairy Who?” The New Art Examiner March 1985.
Lyon, Christopher “Five Painters View Modern Landscape” Chicago Sun-Times November 24, 1984.
Segard, Michael. “L. J. Douglas/ Marcia Weese at Marianne Deson Gallery” Chicago Tribune November 1984.
Artner, Alan “L. J. Douglas / Marcia Weese at Marianne Deson Gallery” Chicago Sun-Times, November 16, 1983.
Fernandez, Joyce. “Atlas & Odalisque” New Art Examiner summer 1983.
Lyon, Christopher. “Hyde Park Show Fuels Interest in figurative Art” Chicago Sun-times January 30, 1983, p. 22, 27.
Artner, Alan. “The Big Pitcher” Chicago Sun-Times January 4, 1983, p. 13-14.
Bonesteel, Michael. “L. J. Douglas / Guy Whitney at N.A.M.E. Gallery” Art in America, January 1982.
Lyon, Christopher. “Expressionism Rides in on Eighties Wave of Interest” Chicago Sun Times, January 30, 1982, p. 22.
GRANTS, HONORS AND AWARDS
2007 YWCA Women of Distinction, Artist, Mclean County
2003 Faculty Grant, Illinois State University
2001 Faculty Grant, Illinois State University
1988 Individual Artist’s Grant, Illinois Arts Council