Splendidly vague. This series of more than 400 charcoal drawings (2014 – 2016) reveals my longstanding fascination with human behavior in all of its messiness and fleeting moments of bliss. I see the soul (anima mundi) as playwright and one’s psyche as stage director. They produce desires and dilemmas that are sumptuous and despicable, monotonous and memorable. My charcoal lines are mere implications of human gesture and pose. Much like the soul and human psyche, they unveil a vague sense of something unfolding. If I fully understand any drawing of mine, then it is dead and tossed. But if I am left bewildered and even anxious, then both the drawing and I are alive and well Doug Gilmour
After 38 years of advertising.
My brother and I were raised by an artist and a part-time writer. Born in San Francisco and having grown up in what was once Santa Clara Valley, I watched apricot orchards and shaded creeks give way to a national defense industry that became Silicon Valley.
I struggled as a school student yet succeeded in advertising. How many two-minute explorations did I draw in search of solutions for clients in need of print advertisements, package designs and brand concepts? At least a hundred thousand. It is now a practiced skill – an intuitiveness that that I bring to the easel.
I’ve produced my share of graphic images intendedto work like fishing lures targeting retail customers. Nearly four decades later, the human being’s mythic underpinnings remain wonderfully perplexing. I want to know what happened along the way. My drawings are, for me, clues and nothing more.
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