Born in Newark during the 60s, Douglas Kolk is known for his confrontational collage work and unique, small-format drawings that address themes of identity, urban life, the human condition and psychosis. One might even describe his work as confusing and clamorous as he integrates images that are quite personal and juxtaposes them with bursts of color and text. Kolk makes use of found materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, colored pencils, felt-tip pens and pencil to create his psychologically scrabbled artworks. As Saatchi Gallery describes it:
‘Kolk’s work embodies a world where fixed meanings lose their moorings; everything is like something else, and nothing is any one thing at any one time.’ (www.saatchigallery.com)
He’s evolved from small works on paper to larger format collages and sculptures. In 1999, he stopped making art due to an addiction to drugs and only began working again in 2004. Homages to pop-culture, modern imagery and preoccupations are noticeable themes in his work to date. He’s shown work both locally and internationally at galleries and museums across New York, Germany and London. Kolk’s work can also be found in the prominent collections of the Saatchi Gallery and The Falckenberg Collection. Represented by Arndt & Partner in Berlin and Zurich, today, Kolk lives and works in Boston. His most recent exhibition was in April 2013 entitled Hospital Works at the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery. Its his third solo show in the gallery space and features wall drawings, collages and small works on paper.
To learn more about Douglas Kolk visit his Saatchi profile.
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