DOUG JAMHA

"The meaning  of these paintings is not meant to be found  in the beauty of the paint or image.  Rather, it is in the demands the images make on the viewer."
ARTIST'S STATEMENT
 
Born in Edmonton, 1952.
Two parts British, one part Austrian, and one part Lebanese.
Parents are social democrats heavily involved in the formation of the N.D.P., the strengthening of the Canadian labor union movement, and the advancement of women’s rights.  
 
On Figurative Paintings
 
I am moved by the questions raised in the process of a male artist painting females.  The political, cultural, sexual and historical aspects combine to create a fertile and expansive subject matter for me.  A great stimulus to paint.  The subtle variations in posture, the balance between being relaxed and being on guard, the different levels of comfort in being naked or clothed make each image unique.  I respond to each image through colour choices and the handling of the mediums, in both the figure and the ground.  I look for that place where my response in both colour and in handling is neither hidden nor overpowering.
 
I work within fairly strict limits concerning the composition, format and subject of my paintings.  This allows me to focus and respond with greater clarity to variations from one image to another.  At the same time, I do extensive and varied studies not specifically related to the series at hand. This open ended research helps me to keep each painting alive,  surprising and unique, as I explore and clarify the direction my work is taking.
 
The meaning  of these paintings is not meant to be found  in the beauty of the paint or image.  Rather, it is in the demands the images make on the viewer.