About

Born in 1951, Bourgeois was raised on a small farm in the rural southern Louisiana community of St. Amant in Ascension Parish. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a B.F.A. in 1974 and working in New Orleans for several years, he returned to St. Amant in 1981 to live and devoted himself exclusively to painting. Bourgeois received critical acclaim for the 2004 mid-career retrospective exhibition Baby-Boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois organized by the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. He has received awards for his work throughout his career including a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in 1992; a Southeastern Artist Fellowship from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and R.J. Reynolds in 1987; and Awards in the Visual Arts Fellowship from Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1981.

Exhibition

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 A Loss For Words, Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2006 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2002-03 Baby-Boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA (traveling exhibition—book)
2003 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1999 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1996 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1994 Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LA (catalogue)
1992 Arthur Roger Gallery, New York, NY
1989 Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
1984 Fine Arts Museum of the South, Mobile, AL
1983 Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Galerie Jules Laforgue, New Orleans, LA
1978 Diversity Gallery, New Orleans, LA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013-14 Under the Influence of Finance and Fashion, Selections From The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Oxnard, CA
Icon/Personal Visions, St. Tammany Art Association, Covington, LA
2012-14 Serious Fun, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2011-12 Anxiety’s Edge, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2011 The Emancipated Figure: Contemporary Reflections, LSU Union Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
Then And Now, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA
Persistence Of Visions, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY
2009 Modernism on Paper, Rebekah Jacob Gallery, Charleston, SC
2007 Unsung, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Katrina: Catastrophe and Catharsis, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Colorado Springs, CO
2006 New Orleans Rebirth-Significant Artists Return, Opelousas Museum of Art, Opelousas, LA
Made in New Orleans, Space 301, Mobile, AL (traveling exhibition)
2005 Context/Content, Baum Gallery of Art, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AK
2003- Story of the South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA
2002-05 True Colors: Meditations on the American Spirit, organized by Meridian International Center, Washington, DC (traveling exhibition—book)
1999 1981-1998 Visual Arts Fellowship Invitational, Baton Rouge, LA
Spirit and Flesh, Art Museum of Western Virginia, Roanoke, VA
1998 The Ghost of Cornell, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1997 Body and Soul: Contemporary Southern Figures, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, GA
1996 Grand Traditions: Permanent Collection in Context, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS
1995 Triennial Exhibition, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1994-97 2 x Immortal: Elvis + Marilyn (traveling exhibition)
1990 Visionary Imagists, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Blues Aesthetic: Black Culture and Modernism, Washington Project for the Arts (traveling exhibition)
1988 SECCA 7 Eleven, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
The Real, The Surreal, and the Unreal, Galerie Simonne Stern, Atlanta, GA
New Orleans: The Art Scene, New Visions Gallery, Ithaca, NY
1987 Elvis the King, a Folk Hero, Primitivo Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fact, Fantasy, Fiction, Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Elvis, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1986 Fantasy and Mischief, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
Gallery Review: New Orleans, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
1986 Andrew Bascle, Melody Guichet, Douglas Bourgeois, Galerie Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
1986 New Orleans Triennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
1985 Louisiana Now, Art for Art's Sake, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Boxes, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
1984 Seldom Seen: Portraits from Private Collections, Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans, LA
Tampering With Utopia, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, LA
Artworks '84, Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, LA
1983 A New Quarter...Contemporary New Orleans Artists, Lauren Rogers Library and Museum of Art, Laurel, MS
The Art Network/Southeastern Artists: Artspaces Invitation, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
The Dog Show, Galerie Jules Laforgue, New Orleans, LA
Selections from AVA I, Equitable Life Assurance Headquarters, New York, NY
1982 My Cousin the Saint, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Awards in the Visual Arts I, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Visions, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1977 1977 Biennial, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA