Doug Argue
Melody 4
2016

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

Born in St. Paul Minnesota, New York City-based artist Doug Argue’s thirty-year painting career has culminated in a striking body of abstract work that encompasses a diversity of mediums and formats. His compositional approach extends to both spatial construction and figural depiction in an oeuvre that lyrically conjures metaphors and art-historical references to the past and present.

In his most recent work, fluid orchestrations of biomorphic forms and geometric shapes, amidst spontaneous gestural swaths of colour are swept over different pictorial depths and surfaces suggesting movement, instability, and the passage of time. Integral to Argue’s vocabulary of shapes, computer-generated stencils of scattered letters dissipate across these illusionistic fields to form their own lexical cosmos.

Culled from literary classics such as Moby-Dick to sonnets by thirteenth century poet Petrarch, Argue’s atomized texts are inspired by psycholinguistic and scientific phenomena. The artist explores abstraction syntactically: paragraphs, sentences, and words compose and decompose into one another, until they are only discrete letters; stretched and skewed, elastic and malleable as meaning itself.

“There are many different histories in the world, in both art and politics, and we often see things in the current moment, yet have no idea what lies beneath. One language is always turning into another, one generation is always rising and another falling, there is no still moment. I am trying to express this flux—this constant shifting of one thing over another, like a veil over the moment itself.”

Argue’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including at the Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, and in New York, Edelman Arts and Haunch of Venison. Most recently, two of his paintings were commissioned for the lobby of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. His work is held in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and numerous corporate and private collections. Argue has been the recipient of multiple awards including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (1995) and the Rome Prize (1997).
Details
Artist
Doug Argue (b. 1962, American)
Creation Year
2016
Medium
Paper
Oil Paint
Movement & Style
Abstract
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
40 in. H x 60 in. W
Dealer Location
New York, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
LU48531635133
Contact The Seller
1stdibs seller since 2016
Located in New York, NY

More from this Seller

Clodgy Walk
Clodgy Walk
Wilhelmina Barns-Graham
Paper, Acrylic Paint
Barns-Graham was a Scot who attended the Edinburgh College of Art and who became closely associated with the second generation of artists resident in the Cornish town of St Ives. Barns-...
The Thick of the Night
The Thick of the Night
Karen Gunderson
Oil Paint
Karen Gunderson was born in Racine, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wisconsin State University, Whitewater and both a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts de...
Four Shape
Four Shape
Trevor Bell
Oil Paint, Panel
This work is one of Bell's earliest shaped paintings, done as he sought to escape the confines of the rectilinear 'window' format. This daring experimentation rather unnerved his dealer...
Seascape Series 36
Seascape Series 36
Martyn Brewster
Canvas, Oil Paint
Brewster’s abstract paintings are strongly linked to the English landscape. Walks along the coast near his home in Dorset inspire drawings and he explores these ideas in his paintings. ...
Seascape
Seascape
Martyn Brewster
Canvas, Oil Paint
59 x 47 in / 150 x 120 cm Oil on canvas Signed, titled & dated
Tibet - Crown of Clouds
Tibet - Crown of Clouds
Karen Gunderson
Linen, Oil Paint
Karen Gunderson was born in Racine, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wisconsin State University, Whitewater and both a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts de...
Untitled, 1971
Untitled, 1971
Sir Terry Frost
Canvas, Oil Paint
Oil on canvas 72 x 96 in / 183 x 244 cm Signed & dated 1971 on reverse This is a major painting from a period when Frost was experimenting with colour juxtaposition using pure abst...
Totem #6
Totem #6
Alex Rennie
Linen, Oil Paint
Born in the UK in 1977, Alex Rennie received his Bachelors in Painting with honors from the Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. In 2009 he was a selected artist for t...
Untitled
Untitled
Roger Hilton
Canvas, Oil Paint
Oil on canvas Signed & dated 1961 on verso 26 x 26 in / 66 x 66 cm
Winter Day No. 5
Winter Day No. 5
Martyn Brewster
Canvas, Oil Paint
Oil on canvas 20 x 20 in / 50 x 50 cm Signed, titled & dated 2016
Blue Radial
Blue Radial
Trevor Bell
Acrylic Paint, Canvas
Regarding the triangular shapes of Bell's canvases, John Elderfield wrote: “…one is pushed into a determinedly active role so as to determine what is going on – at no single moment is t...
Mountain Place
Mountain Place
Trevor Bell
Acrylic Paint, Canvas
Trevor Bell was born in Leeds in 1930 and attended the local college of art. In his twenties, working in West Cornwall, he made his reputation as a leading member of the younger generat...