The First International Canvas Competition, "The Colors of Age" opened at Forte de S. Joao a 16th century fort, in Porto, Portugal. The opening reception was on October 8th, 2007 and the exhibition runs until November 8, 2007. In order to submit work for jury, the candidates must be over the age of 50. The exhibit is being conducted by Association Vida, Porto, Portugal. Participating in the exhibition is Doug Kinsey, who has been a Premiere Portfolio artist at absolutearts.com since 2002.
Doug Kinsey states about his work:
"When looking at my work the viewer should consider them as configurations of spiritual geography. In this manner I refer to them as, “Interior/Exterior Landscapes.
"The primary blue shape will refer to geological forms found in the geographical landscape. As such they mark and delineate borders much like a rock cairn would. This marking indicates a place of spiritual solace and a point of reflection. Their intention is to make deep soul contact.
"My intention is to explore the subconscious symbols of an 'interior' spiritual reality when consecrated by the borders of “external” physical reality. The use of classical Greek subtitles provides a context for the imagery to rest in."
Doug Kinsey has been prolific as a painter for over thirty years. Often referred to as “a painter’s painter”, Kinsey’s images combine the coolness of Rothko and the strength of Kline. His first solo-exhibit was held at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1972. As a young man Kinsey had the great good fortune to work and study under two of Canada’s more notable color-field minimalists Jean Goguen and Guido Molinari while attending what is now known as Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Kinsey is a graduate of The Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA (1985).
Doug approaches the development of his imagery with an expressed Zen-like economy. The strong subtle spiritual component remains as the most compelling attitude seen in his work. This abiding stillness expressed in the dark blue forms can at times produce a roaring sense of complete mystical silence. During this experience the viewer is asked to join and participate in the deeper mysteries which can occur during profound moments of inner-contemplation. By allowing the physical landscape aspects of his Ohio River Valley home to influence his primary shapes and forms a strong organic quality is defined. His work expressly defines a spiritual geography and desires to make deep soul contact. Intrinsically haptic by nature, Doug’s work articulates the combining of the intellect with the spiritual truths to be found in nature.
A native of California, Kinsey has resided in Pittsburgh, PA for almost ten years. He received his Masters degree in theology from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry and currently teaches art to severely “at risk” children at The Holy Family Institute for Learning in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kinsey has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Most notably are exhibitions at The Carnegie Museum of Art in 2001 which was curated by David Carrier, critic for Artforum and Art in America, In 2003 he received notice from Thomas Sokolowski, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum when he was awarded Best in Show at The Hoyt Institute of Art. Kinsey was also included in an exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania for an unprecedented two years in a row 2003-2004. Also in 2004 his work was included in Westmoreland Museum of American Art Biennial, The Andy Warhol Museum of Art, and Gallery Ginza Himawari, Tokyo, Japan. Two large canvases were selected for The Butler Institute of American Art 70th Summer Annual 2006 (Youngstown, OH). The curator was noted painter and art critic for NEWSWEEK Magazine, Peter Plagens. “Interval Series, exodus” received an Honorable Mention award.
Douglas A. Kinsey
Title: Interval Series, aphiemi 9
Year Created: 2006
Medium: Oil Painting
Width: 24 inches
Height: 32 inches
Depth: 2 inches