Born in 1960, John A Douglas is a Sydney-based interdisciplinary artist working across video, performance, live art installation, photomedia, sound and objects. Douglas is a graduate of UNSW College of Art and Design and completed an MFA (Research) in 2008. He has exhibited in Australia and internationally and has been the recipient of numerous Australia Council grants for both creative development and new work. His work has appeared in art publications and has been the subject of television documentaries and appearances. His work is held in private collections and Artbank and is represented by Chalk Horse Gallery in Sydney.
Everything I make is filtered through the lens of cinema. I see locations as quotes from scenes in films that are iconic and from a past era – in the age of the auteur. I use cinematic tropes of social imagery and the vernacular of popular and not-so-popular culture. Many of my works pay homage to the small details, actions and materials found in the vast landscape of cinematic history.