Overview

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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Biography

B. 1989, Puerto Boyaca, Colombia. Based in Glasgow, UK.

 

Education 
2013-2015 BA (HONS) Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, UK
2012 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, CCW Progression Center, University of the Arts London, UK

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Horses and Nudies, GUTS Gallery, London, UK.

 

Group Exhibitions
2020 Group Exhibition at Grand Theather, Copenhagen, DK.
2020 Curated for Covid, Bowes Parries x All Mouth Gallery, London, UK.
2020 LIMBO, EveryDay Gallery, Antwerp, BE.
2020 Begin Again, GUTS Gallery, Online
2020 When Shit Hits The Fan, GUTS Gallery, Online
2019 Delphian x GUTS, Delphian Gallery, London, UK.
2019 Lobster Dinner, Trestle Gallery, New York, USA.
2019 Exceso De Rudeza, UltraStudio, Pescara, ITL.
2019 Opening Exhibition, GUTS Gallery, London UK.
2018 They Said I Was Special, Union Gallery, London UK.
2018 Young Contemporary Talent from the Ingram Collection, The Lightbox Museum, Woking UK.
2018 HERUS, Berlin, DE.
2017 MŌ Gallery, Berlin, DE.
2016 Young Contemporary Talent Prize, Cello Factory, London, UK.
2015 Where is God Now, The Lightbox Museum, Woking, UK.
2015 Rock Paper Scissors, Hoxton Arches, London, UK.
2015 Undergraduate Summer Show 2015. Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK.
2015 24 Hour Project, GX Gallery, London, UK.
2015 Interim Show, Camberwell, College of Arts, London, UK.
2014 Parallel Cities, Copeland Gallery, London, UK.

 

Collections
The Ingram Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art 

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