Doug Bartlett

Doug Bartlett is the name given to the energy created when Nick Morris and Dave Bowers work together on the same canvas.

“We open up the roller door to the garage in Torquay and let rip. With a few beers, and the music turned up, we throw ourselves into the canvases. Slabs of colour are slapped down haphazardly and images are layered on at random. A lot of this initial work won’t survive the painting process because we have a rule that says: ‘you can paint over anything, and the other one can’t protest’. Whole vistas appear and disappear. Hours of work can be swept away with one brutal sweep of a brush. ‘Doug has entered the building’ is the only explanation required.

This process, which is confronting as well as cleansing, continues until we both agree the painting is finished. Working this way creates a feverish momentum, and we can be working on up to forty paintings at a time.

The canvases are a free-flowing exchange of random images and themes, and are applied using stencils, spray paint, silkscreen and freehand, using acrylic paint and oil stick. We glean material from mass popular culture, including quotes from celebrities and words lifted directly from spam text.”

Artworks

Exhibitions

2011 LINTON AND KAY August Perth

2011 RETROSPECT GALLERIES Gold Coast

2011 GREENWOOD GALLERY

2010ART SYDNEY

2010 SPACEJUNK FRANCE

2010 AAFNYC New York

2010 HARRISON SYDNEY

2010 ART MELBOURNE

2010 UFO GALLERY. Hong Kong.

2009 ART SYDNEY.

2009 GLOBAL BOOM. Retrospect gallery Byron Bay

2009 ART MELBOURNE.

2009 FREE RADICALS. Greenwood Gallery Melbourne

2009 BULLET PROOF. Harrison Gallery Sydney

2009 COOPER GALLERY. Noosa Heads

2008 TIGERFISH GALLERY. Torquay

2008 SPRING ST GALLERY Sydney

2008 ART SYDNEY

2008 YERING STATION Victoria

2008 HARRISON GALLERY Sydney

2008 ART BRISBANE

2008 ART MELBOURNE

2008 GREENWOOD GALLERY Lorne

2008 GAFFER GALLERY Hong Kong

2008 HOGAN GALLERY Melbourne

2008 SPACEJUNK GALLERY France

2007 BRUNSWICK ST GALLERY Melbourne

2007 ART SYDNEY. Doug Bartlett Stand

2007 TIGER FISH GALLERY Torquay

2007 HO GALLERY

2007 FRESH GALLERY

2007 ART MELBOURNE

Group exhibitions

2006 CHINA HEIGHTS, Sydney

2006 THE BAKERY, Perth

2006 REVOLVER, Melbourne

2006 WHITEWASH GROUP SHOW Torquay

Awards

2010 DOUG MORAN finalist

Media and publications

2009 Q MAGAZINE, Issue 56

2009 SURFERS JOURNAL France

2007-08 SPACEJUNK MAGAZINE France

2008 NEWS HOUR. ABC television Aust, Asia, India and Pacific

2008 JET STAR in flight Magazine

2008 AG ideas Book Melbourne

2008 OYSTER MAGAZINE Sydney Issue 75

2008 THE RED FLAG / USELESS MAGAZINE German

2007 WATIM (We are the image makers) On line magazine Issue 12

2007 KINGBROWN MAGAZINE Perth.Issue 2

2006 DESKTOP MAGAZINE.Melbourne Issue 223 (Cover)

2006 EMPTY MAGAZINE. Sydney Issue 8

2005-06 SEMI-PERMANENT BOOK Sydney

2005 MAVIOLOGY MAGAZINE Istanbul

2005 SEMI-PERMANENT BOOK New York