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John Douglas, artistJohn Douglas is an Australian multi-media artist whose exhibitions have received acclaim and caused controversy both in his home country and internationally. He began painting at the age of 8, and studied at the Queensland College of Art until his expulsion in 1984 for being a “disruptive and disturbing influence”, after which his career really took off.

Solo shows include the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1994, 1995, 1997, 2003 & 2005; an exhibit for the Sydney 2002 Gay Games Cultural Festival; and one-man exhibitions in Paris, Bangkok, Istanbul, Shanghai, Bali, Ethiopia, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau and Fort Lauderdale, USA.

His photography encompasses a broad spectrum of styles and themes, including Australian newspapers, and magazines such as Black & White and Vacations & Travel; photography for publications in Thailand, Denmark, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, China and Japan.

Douglas has worked as an advocate for the rights of people with HIV as well as disadvantaged children. He successfully campaigned in 1996 to improve training of NSW Police in matters related to HIV-positive people. In 1997, he worked to raise money in support of the creation of permaculture vegetable gardens to benefit Ugandan orphans. He has been a Teaching Consultant in Art Therapy at Glenside Psychiatric Hospital, Adelaide, Australia and now conducts specialty self-expression art workshops around the world.

In 2004 he was invited as Artist in Residence to conduct a painting workshop at Lockhart River Aboriginal Community, Cape York, Australia; his painting series Bordello was displayed in The People's Square, Shanghai; he was commissioned to photograph the events of the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo; and he ended the year capturing images of the midnight sun over Antarctica on New Year's Eve.

His paintings were chosen for The Perfect Diary (Australia & New Zealand) for 2004 and 2005. John Douglas currently has a solo web exhibit for The Istanbul Museum of Contemporary Art.


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