Douglas Cantor

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Working from memory, Cantor’s compositions are romantic, idealised, and often permeated with a heavy sense of nostalgia. The result is paintings that are of all things relevant to him: places, patterns, animals, people, still life, text, plants, and food, where each element works as a vessel for the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and unfolding identity. 

Douglas Cantor (b. 1989, Puerto Boyaca, Colombia) studied at Camberwell College of Arts in London, and now lives and works in Glasgow, UK. Cantor's paintings are a biographical exploration of the self. His work is a collection of existential thoughts, phrases, memories, and experiences that create a vocabulary personal and specific to his own history - his Latin American heritage, his time spent away and his experience as an immigrant. 

 

Working from memory, Cantor's compositions are romantic, idealised, and often permeated with a heavy sense of nostalgia. The result is paintings that are of all things relevant to him: places, patterns, animals, people, still life, text, plants, and food, where each element works as a vessel for the artist's thoughts, emotions, and unfolding identity. 

 

Thinking for long periods of time before painting is a practice intrinsic to Cantor's way of working. Images are constructed from their multiple elements and form in his mind before brush ever touches canvas. Despite this, once he begins painting there is no commitment to staying true to these visions. For Cantor, the process of painting is not driven by stylistic or aesthetic choices, but instead a preoccupation with expressing awareness and honesty, intuition, and a desire to move the conversation forward. His paintings are a pictorial tribute to the traces of decisions already made, and an ode to the desire of creating something beautiful. 

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