Douglas Wirls’ upcoming exhibition of paintings, pastel drawings and mixed medium works on paper, entitled “Furnishings,” at The Painting Center, endeavors to impart an uncommon presence to the ordinary trappings and settings of domestic life. In these paintings of chairs, beds and interior spaces, attributes associated with “Nature Morte” in its grand tradition are seen in allusions to a narrative, however, the treatment of form within the emphasis on the atmospheric effects of light is
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In his paintings of beds and interiors, one is reminded of the disorder and confusion of living. It is the personal and mundane that is suggested within them – the small dramas that are revealed in the appearance of the everyday. The surfaces of bed covers suggest a sort of flowing or roiling terrain, shaped by events that have taken place perhaps hours or even days ago. In the paintings of chairs, the subjects appear to seek a priority and position that can never be achieved. The chairs are in conflict, their static nature undone by tensions of scale and implied movement. Expressively painted, the works reflect a search for a delicate balance between fantasy and material presence of the image.
Douglas Wirls has lived and worked in New York City and upstate New York for the past thirty years. He was educated at Tyler College of Art and the Skowhegan School. In addition to The Painting Center, his work is represented by and has been recentlyshown by the Projects Gallery in Philadelphia and the Ober Gallery in Kent, Connecticut. Group exhibitions include the Denise Bibro Gallery in New York, the Philadelphia Academy and the National Academy of Design where he received the Laufman Award for drawing and the Isador Award for painting. His work is in many private and public collections, including
the Butler Institute of American Art, the Pennsylvania State the Woodmere Art Museum in Woodmere PA.