This series of over 400 charcoal drawings (2014 – 2016) reveals my long-standing fascination with human behavior in all of its messiness and fleeting moments of bliss. I see the soul (anima mundi) as playwright and one’s psyche as stage director. They produce desires and dilemmas that are sumptuous and despicable, monotonous and memorable.
My charcoal lines are mere implications of human gesture and pose. Much like the soul and human psyche, they unveil a vague sense of something yet to unfold. If I fully understand any drawing of mine, then it is dead and tossed. But when I am left bewildered and even anxious, then the drawing and I are alive and well
— Doug Gilmour
After 38 years of advertising.
My brother and I were parented by an artist and a part-time writer. Born in San Francisco and raised in what was once Santa Clara Valley, I watched apricot orchards and shaded creeks give way to a national defense industry that became Silicon Valley.
I struggled as a school student yet succeeded in advertising. How many two-minute explorations did I draw on tracing paper in search of solutions for clients in need of print advertisements, package designs and brand concepts? Well over 100,000. Decades later, that imaginative calisthenic is a practiced skill that I bring to the easel.
I’ve produced my share of graphic images that, much like fishing lures, captivate consumers. Yet nearly four decades later, it is humanity's mythic underpinnings that remain wonderfully perplexing. When I step up to the easel, I am admitting my ignorance and utter willingness to explore the unseen and eternally vague forces behind our actions.