|John Douglas is an award-winning Australian multimedia artist whose exhibitions have received acclaim and caused controversy both in his home
country and internationally.
He decided he wanted to be an artist and immediately began painting at the age of 8, and has never had any misgivings about his decision to
follow the artistic path. He studied at the Queensland College of Art until his expulsion in 1984 for being a “disruptive and disturbing influence”,
after which his career really took off.
He has had many group and solo exhibitions in Australia, including for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival (1994, 1995, 1997, 2003
& 2005) and an exhibition for Sydney’s cultural festival for the 2002 Gay Games. His international solo exhibitions include shows in Paris
(France), Fort Lauderdale (USA), Bangkok (Thailand), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Geneva (Switzerland) and Shanghai (China).
He is an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has been a regular cartoonist and writer for several publications.
His photography encompasses a broad spectrum of styles and themes, including for newspapers and magazines around the world, and for
Douglas worked as the Visual Arts Director for the Queer As Fuck Arts Festival, 1999. Douglas has campaigned as an advocate for the rights of
people with HIV as well as disadvantaged children. He successfully lobbied to improve training of NSW Police in matters related to HIV-positive
people, and has held exhibitions and raised money to support and promote the needs of children in Africa orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.
He has been a Teaching Consultant in Art Therapy at Glenside Psychiatric Hospital, Adelaide, Australia and has conducted specialty self-
expression art workshops around the world. In 2004 he was invited as Artist in Residence to conduct painting workshops at Lockhart River
Aboriginal Community, Cape York, Australia.
His films have featured in international film festivals. In 2010 Douglas won the International Outrate Short Film Festival for his film 'Ward 9', a film
about life in an HIV ward, and was given an Inspiration Award for his photograph 'Imagine' for World Peace Day in the USA.
'Imagine' was exhibited in the "Peace Rises" group exhibition touring the USA in 2011 to raise funds to provide crutches for victims of war in
A feature-length film "Sex Club", a collaboration with performance artist Strykermeyer, premiered at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
2013 exhibition in Goulburn, Australia.
A new CD of experimental music by ALAS POOR ERIC (Sue Ryan and John Douglas) is currently in production. "The Man That Lived Down the
Road" is due for release in September 2016. Details TBA.