|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 now conducts 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.
His film Twelve Black Horses screened internationally for the Digital Fringe Festival, 2010.
He took part in the "Peace Rises" group exhibition touring the USA through October and November 2011 to celebrate World Peace Day and to
raise funds to provide crutches for victims of war in Sierra Leone. In November a selection of his Twelve Black Horse paintings and the short film
"In The Park" were shown at the International Outsiders Festival and Outsiders Short Film Festival in Adelaide, Australia.
In 2011 he completed a short film about the life of Australian bush-ranger Captain Moonlite, based on his set of 54 Captain Moonlite paintings.
"Captain Moonlite" was shown at the 'Wilde in the Country' exhibition in Goulburn, Australia in early 2012 and at the Outsiders Film Festival in
Adelaide in December 2012.
In January 2012 Douglas had a group exhibition in New York, USA.
February 2012 saw the launch of the "Nine Lives" exhibition in Sydney, Australia - a show with Loui Jover and Donna Malone.
The 1st anniversary issue of Noisy Rain (January/February 2012) featured a pictorial of John Douglas's Captain Moonlite paintings.
His "You Are Here" photograph was given an Inspiration Award for the Peace Project, which toured through the USA in the 'Make Peace'
exhibition in November/ December 2012, and early 2013.
A feature-length film "Sex Club", a collaboration with Strykermeyer, premiered at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2013 exhibition in
His "Caught in the Cottage" series of drawings was featured in the summer issue (July/August 2013) of Noisy Rain.
By the end of 2013 he completed a suite of fifteen one-hour musical compositions entitled "The Planets"; a series of thirteen paintings based on
the symbolism of each month and a series of paintings "Struggles of the Seers".
By December 2014 John Douglas finished the recording of a new musical work "My Own Island";
the final editing of a two-hour installation film "mantrash", and the short film "Four Golden Candles".
"Four Golden Candles" was exhibited at the OUTLoud exhibition, Tap Gallery, for the 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival.