Douglas Welsh

Douglas Welsh

Douglas Welsh (b. 1991)


Douglas Welsh received his BA from Bates College and is a current MFA candidate at University of Houston. He has participated in group exhibitions at Foltz Fine Art, Blaffer Art Museum, Anya Tish Gallery, Box 13, Hardy and Nance Studios, Elgin Street Studios, UH Third Space Gallery, Conroe Art League and Williams Tower Gallery.  Douglas is an abstract painter and G5 Collective co-founder based in Houston, TX. 



2022           University of Houston (Houston, TX) – MFA in Painting 

2014           Bates College (Lewiston, ME) – BA in Visual Arts 


Solo Shows:

2021           Life Raft (curator Zoie Buske), Elgin Street Studios, Houston, TX


Selected Group Exhibitions: 

2022          Texas Emerging: Volume 3 (co-curated by Jonathan Paul Jackson), Foltz Fine Art, 

      Houston, TX

2022          The Process of Healing (curator – Jonathan Paul Jackson), Elgin Street Studios, 

      Houston, TX

2022           Bearing Witness, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX

2022           Whole in Pieces (curator – Benji Stiles), Monterroso Gallery, Houston, TX

2022           For Ellen (curator – Matt Messinger), Hardy & Nance Studios, Houston, TX

2022           44th Thesis Exhibition, Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX 

2022           CAL InterNational 2022, Conroe Art League (juror – Megan Olivia Ebel), Conroe, TX

2022           Young Texas Artists Invitational Show (curator – Joseph Staley), Conroe TX

2022           Mind:Full (curator – Megan Olivia Ebel), Houston, TX

2022           This Mortal Coil (curator – Christina Rees), Elgin Street Studios, Houston, TX

2021           The Abstract Art Show (juror – Tommy Taylor), Hardy & Nance Studios, Houston, TX

2021            Unconquerable Texas Women (curator – Katarina Janeckova), Martha’s Contemporary, 

      Austin, TX

2021           Alexa, Take me Home, Anya Tish Gallery, Houston, TX 

2021           Emergence (curators – Erin Carty and Sarah Beth Wilson), Elgin Street Studios, 

      Houston, TX

2021            Loop; New Non-Objective Painting (curators – Daniela Koontz and Melinda 

      Laszczynski), Box 13, Houston, TX

2021           Rise and Fall / Rise and Fall, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston, TX

2021           Student Art Show, The Blaffer Museum, Houston, TX

2020           JJ Baker Presents Portraits and Artists, Hardy and Nance Studios, Houston, TX 

2020           Preserved, Third Space Gallery, Houston, TX 

2018           BLOCK XVI, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX 

2017           BLOCK, Williams Tower Gallery (curator - Sally Sprout), Houston, TX  

2017           BLOCK XVI, Interspace Gallery, MFAH Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX 


Artist Statement:

Life Raft helps keep me afloat.  This body of work is a psychological means of survival, a philosophy of stability.  Life Raft is a ritual during which I paint and listen to music simultaneously, one song on repeat until a painting is complete.  This process helps me access emotional energy, which I channel in each work.  I resolve paintings because I want to resolve something within myself.  The color and spacial relationships in my paintings can be lyrical, peaceful, disruptive, or tenuous, depending on my state of mind.  I ebb and flow between chaos and control, creating complex and dynamic abstract paintings.  Ultimately, I seek harmony and balance in the interaction of these elements.  This search for synergy is mirrored in my life, but I am secure on my Life Raft, for now.  

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