Adam Douglass b. 1979, Dunedin, New Zealand. Lives and works in Victoria, Australia.
Adam Douglass is an artist and researcher. He works as a solo artist and collaboratively with diverse communities. Douglass’ primary interests relate to representations of space - cosmology, cosmogony and social space through painting.
Douglass has exhibited broadly in galleries and site-specifically through Australia, New Zealand and Tonga. He has published essays and been written about in a variety of publications including: Eye Contact, Project Freerange, Un Magazine, Art New Zealand, Art News New Zealand, Scope: Contemporary Research Topics and The Artists: A Snapshot of Contemporary New Zealand Art Practice.
Alongside lectures and teaching at the University of Melbourne, Fremantle Art and Design Campus, Otago Polytechnic School of Art and Vicserv Douglass has worked for numerous community mental health and social arts programs in various roles. This diverse experience has allowed him to consider the parallels of psychosocial rehabilitation and participatory painting practice.
Recently Douglass completed a MFA research project exploring Aesthetic Systems of Participatory Painting (ASOPP) and the psychosocial outcomes of socially engaged painting. Douglass argued that by expanding modernist individualised aesthetic systems to accommodate a social application the ASOPP model he developed can provide opportunities for local communities to critique social structures and self-represent. This can assist in empowering participants who feel disenfranchised and destabilising pre-established cultural hierarchies that hold power and often determine cultural standards. This research took place in the Kingdom of Tonga through the Victoria College of the Arts.