UNTITLED (RED, BLACK AND WHITE)
acrylic on canvas
dated 1995 on gallery label on the stretcher
38 ins x 44 ins; 96.5 cms x 111.8 cms
Doug Stone, a multidisciplinary artist from Simcoe, Ontario, creates artwork from a variety of mediums all providing a glimpse into his biography and memory. From furniture design to mixed media collages of commonplace objects documenting his everyday life, the artist invites the viewer into a world of personal intimacy and symbolism.
In his practice, Stone is fascinated with deconstructing culture and meaning through material objects, lurking through yard sales and flea markets in search of inspiration. Ultimately however, it is his own personal life experiences which give much of his work meaning. His struggle with AIDS in the 1980s and subsequent near death experience in 1995 can be seen in Untitled (Red, Black and White) (1995). Darkness invades the canvas, as if devouring the handwritten scrawls of his memory. The viewer is left wondering what prevents this darkness from ever prevailing. Stone’s work in various mediums are original and stand on their own merit. Yet altogether, they represent a true portrait of the artist. Deeply autobiographical, his vulnerability enables him to connect to elements of many human experiences such as hope and life, anger and death. The result is art which is ultimately passionate, sincere, and intensely emotional.
Stone lives and works both in Toronto and New York City.
Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto