Stephen W. Douglas ranks among the leading portait painters of the 21st Century. His subjects include a Supreme Court Justice, film stars and many of today's foremost artists.
Douglas' new series of monumental 4' x 4' portraits (illustrated far left) can be seen by appointment in Venice at the artist's studio and commissioned at Aldis Browne Fine Arts offices in La Jolla or the Peter Findlay Gallery, New York.
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on view in Venice on view in La Jolla
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It is not our intention to provide a comprehensive history of portraiture below, only to permit a quick scroll to better establish the wealth of classical tradition from which Stephen Douglas has drawn to develop a highly autographic exploration of his subjects; one that probes deeply below mere casual appearance. Though portraiture can be traced back some 25,000 years, from the The Venus of Willendorf through the sarcophagi of the Pharaohs to the gods of Greece and Rome, Stephen Douglas' paintings best relate to the great portrait tradition that emerged during the 15th century and proliferated under the arts patronage of the Renaissance. It is from this tradition that history came to recognize that many of the world's acknowledged masterpieces have been portraits, and that, though portraits portray man's likeness, great portraits convey his very soul.
Art history builds upon art history, so, the following is an abbreviated time line-that in my view leads directly to Stephen Douglas. One of the great online resources for portrait study is www.all-art.org, and with deep appreciation I have included several of their images below without consent because the site provided no means to contact them. Aldis Browne
The 22 works illustrated above are not now, nor have any ever been, available for sale through this site. They are shown only to frame the significance of portriature in the context of art history.
The Ivan Le Lorrain Albright portrait of Mary Bloch is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Chuck Close is represented by Pace Gallery, NYC.
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Study for Huguette 14" x 14"