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.
B. 1989, Puerto Boyaca, Colombia. Based in Glasgow, UK.
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
2020 Horses and Nudies, GUTS Gallery, London, UK.
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.
The Ingram Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Art
“I AM ALL THE HORSES I’VE PAINTED”: DOUGLAS CANTOR ON CAPTURING INDIVIDUAL, PERSONAL EXPERIENCERebecca Irvin, ArtMaze magazine
ON VIEW BY FLASH ART: “It’s 2020 For F*ck Sake” Guts Gallery and Soft Punk / LondonFlash Art , 11 Dec 2020
IT’S 2020 FOR F*CK SAKEART PLUGGED, ART PLUGGED, 30 Sep 2020
Begin Again is the virtual art exhibition tackling racial inequalityGunseli Yalcinkaya, Dazed , 14 Aug 2020
Scrap that, lets begin againTJ Sidhu, The Face, 13 Aug 2020
Begin Again: The online exhibition challenging austerity and racial oppressionScarlett Baker , Love Magazine, 13 Aug 2020
Ten's to see 'When Shit Hits the Fan', The insta-exhibition by Guts GalleryPaul Toner, 10 Magazine, 2 Apr 2020
The London art you can take a virtual tour of right now for freeLucy Scovell, The Glossary, 29 Mar 2020
When Shit Hits the Fan (In the Artworld)TJ Sidhu, The Face, 27 Mar 2020
Art markets find high-tech ways to reach buyersMelanie Gerlis, Financial Times, 27 Mar 2020
This Instagram-only exhibition is full of London’s best young artistsEddy Frankel, Time Out London, 24 Mar 2020
Guts Gallery present ‘When shit hits the fan’ a digital Instagram exhibitionMark Westall, Fad Magazine, 23 Mar 2020
Explore south east London’s underground art galleriesPhoebe Gardner, Wallpaper, 21 Feb 2020
GUTS GALLERY TO OPEN IN LONDON NEXT WEEK PROVIDING SPACE AND EXPOSURE FOR BAME ARTISTS, FEMALE ARTISTS, WORKING-CLASS ARMark Westall, FAD Magazine, 10 May 2019
SOPHIE AND DOUGLAS CANTOR. A catalyser of thoughts and experiences.MARTIN MAYORGA, DATEAGLE ART, 24 Jul 2018
Douglas Cantor Interview on FLOORR MAGAZINEStephen Feather, Floorr Magazine, 10 Jul 2018
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FAN AGAINFOR ARTISTS BY ARTISTS, 1 NIGHT ONLY. 4 Feb - 4 Mar 2021Through the invitation extended to established artists into the exhibition. We are hoping to reinstate a balance of power. Allowing established artists to shoulder emerging artists. 50% of sales of works sold by an established artist, will be distributed entirely to all the emerging artists involved. This redistribution of wealth offers a new outlook and model that is fundamentally for artists, by artists, creating an alternative system of support.
HORSES AND NUDIESA Debut Solo Show by Douglas Cantor | It's 2020 For F*ck Sake – A Thirteen Artist, Back-to-Back Solo Exhibition Marathon 12 - 16 Nov 2020A Debut Solo Show by Douglas Cantor as part of the It's 2020 For F*ck Sake Exhibition Marathon
BEGIN AGAINAs society shifts, the art world shifts. We are on the cusp of change. 13 - 27 Aug 2020This is a time to stop, reflect, create dialogue, and put our words into positive action. To begin again we must shoulder each other, listen to each other, work together and collectively change together. As the newest generation of art collectors, we urge you to collect from this exhibition. The revenue made will support The Free Black University and the newest generation of artists.
to proceed to perform the first or earliest part of some action; commence; start
once more; another time; anew; in addition
With many thanks to Lotte Andersen for her continuous support throughout this exhibition, and to Pallas Citroen, Director of The Bomb Factory Art Foundation. Who is kindly providing a free gallery space as part of The Guts Prize.
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FANGallery openings have been affected by the spread of coronavirus 26 Mar - 16 Apr 2020Many art-related events, including Guts Gallery's, have either been cancelled or postponed, causing a large economic impact on artists and smaller galleries. We want to challenge this, putting our ethos of supporting underrepresented contemporary voices into action by navigating this set back through a digital Instagram exhibition.
DELPHIAN X GUTSSocially, politically, and economically, we are living in trying times. 28 Nov - 4 Dec 2019Socially, politically, and economically, we are living in trying times. These difficulties create division, and division breeds competition. We endeavour to support all art-world practitioners wherever possible, whether they reciprocate or otherwise, and to collaborate with what would (by some) be called our direct competitors. We believe that the art-world would be a much more open, supportive, and progressive place to work if we started working together, rather than pulling apart. For this reason, Delphian and Guts have decided to join forces.
GUTS GALLERY OPENINGGuts Gallery is opening its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space. 16 - 19 May 2019Guts Gallery is opening its doors for the first time, exhibiting works from renowned and emerging practitioners at Ugly Duck’s London Bridge event space.