Artist Statement

For nearly twenty years, I made non-objective grid structured paintings. I started to see references to landscape in these works. I’ve literalized those references by painting oil landscape vistas of horizons, clouds and bodies of water. These paintings consist of two or more vertical panels. Usually one panel is landscape imagery.  The adjacent panels are often atmospheric voids with vestiges of recognizable landscapes.

I try to capture the mystical light found in natural atmospheric effects: the haze in the distance on humid summer days, the overcast gloom of winter skies, and the softness of landscape bathed in fog, and the quieting mood of approaching darkness. My intent is to create paintings imbued with a meditative, spiritual presence suggesting issues about time and ecology. I do this by softly modulating color, tone and value. The color varies from quiet, monochromatic works to fully orchestrated chromatic ones. By blending from one hue to another I create color which makes its self gradually felt, weeping forth.  In this manner, I create illusions of mysterious emanations of light, places where ones eyes and spirit are invited to linger.

I try to imbue my work with a monumental presence, epic in both size and scope. I do this by orchestrating the separate elements of color, texture and structure into a harmonious whole. I seek a somewhat reductive image rich in value and contrast. The surface of the work is devoid of textural incidence.  I don’t want anything to distract from the illusion of depth so I deny any marks which would hold the viewer on the surface of the painting.  In my luminescent multi- paneled oil paintings I try to find the grey area between traditional landscape painting and its abstraction into color fields. The compositions are about ambiguities of form and void, foreground and background and surface and deep space.

My roots lie in tonalism, color field painting and minimalism. However, my work contains an ever-present awareness of the dramatic use of light of the post-renaissance chiaroscurists. It combines a classical awareness of structure with a romantic use of color always in combination with a unique sense of ambiguity.

My work continues in its evolution of style the search for an abstract means of probing the ambiguities of physical and spiritual experience of light, and its power to foster a more intense life of the spirit through profound emotional experience of form, color and composition.

Artist Bio

Douglass Freed’s undergraduate and graduate degrees are from Fort Hays State University. His wife, Nina, is a retired elementary educator. They have four children, two of which are in the arts. Freed is a professional artist represented by galleries in the following USA cities: New York City, Boston, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Charleston, St. Louis and Kansas City. He has had over sixty solo exhibitions. His work is in the Missouri museum collections of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, St. Louis Art Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mildred Kemper Museum of Art in Saint Louis, Springfield Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Archeology at the University of Missouri in Columbia. His work is in the collections of numerous universities and corporations. His work has been commissioned by many corporations, including recently the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Emerson Electric and Sachs Properties in St Louis, Fresenius Medical Care, North America, Waltham, Massachusetts, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Laguna, California as well as several private collectors. He has received grants from the Missouri Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Freed was the Director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art at State Fair Community College until his retirement in February 2008. He served as the principal advisor to Doctor Daum in assembling his collection of contemporary art for the past thirty-five years. Freed helped build the Daum Museum collection from 200 objects to over 800 since its opening in 2001. He has served as curator for over 50 exhibitions, several of which toured to other museums. Preceding the opening of the Daum, Freed was the Director of the Goddard Gallery and served as the chairman of the art department for many years. He was a board member of the Missouri Arts Council during the mid-1980’s and was involved on many levels with the Missouri Advocates for the Arts which became the Missouri Citizens for the Arts. He created the Missouri Fifty Exhibition for the Missouri Arts Council and continues to chair this special Missouri Arts Council collaborative project, which is in its 20th year, with the Missouri State Fair. He currently is a director on the board of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. He has been active in his community and has served on several boards, including two terms as president of the Sedalia Arts Council of which he was a founding member. His community awarded him the 2005 Star Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts. In 2007 he received the Missouri Arts Council’s Leadership in the Arts Award. Proclamations from the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives recognized him for his profound contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state.

Prices by size, all paintings, are oil on canvas

24 x 32 inches $4,000
32 x 40 inches  $5,000
36 x 36 inches   $6.000
38 x 38 inches $7,000
34 x 46 inches $7,000
46 x 46 inches$8,000
46 x 84 inches$11,000
68 x 84 inches$16,000
79 x 96 inches$20,000
84 x 84 inches$20,000

Price List

Commissioned paintings larger than 96” x 96” are priced at $325 per square foot, tax 8.3% 

Paintings on Canvas

$20,00079”x 96”, 96”x 96”
$18,00078” x 79”
$16,00068”x 84”
$15,00072”x 96”, 68” x 96”, 48”x 104”, 37” x 132
$14,00048” x 104”, 48”x 102”, 78” x 72”
$12,00072” x 72”, 60” x 96”, 60”x 72”, 37”x 96”, 48” x 84”
48”x 92”, 48” x 96”
$11,00048” x 72”, 48 x 75”
$10,00048” x 60”, 48” x 68”, 60”x 60”, 37.5” x 96”, 32”x 96”
$9,00032” X 90”, 48” x 60”
$8,00048”x 48”, 46”x 64”, 36” x 76”, 32x 78”, 36” X 56”, 48” x 50”, 38” x 44”
$7,00036 x 43”, 36” x 66”, 36 x 50”, 33” x 64”, 32” x 78”, 30” x 54”
$6,00036” x 36”, 24” x 74”, 30”x 46”, 30” x 64”, 32” x 50”, 24” x 64”
$6,00032” x 47”, 32”x 37”, 30” x 44”, 30”x 38”
$4,00032” x 24”, 30”x 36”, 30” x 24” x 44”, 32” x 36”, 14“x 46”
$2,25024” x 18”, 18”x 36”
$1,80020.5” x 16”

Paintings on Arches Paper (oil over gesso) unframed

$7,00040” x 60”
$4,50020” x 60”, 29” x 41”
$3,50022” x 30”
$1,00014” x 20”
$80011” x 15”