In partnership with Genesys Hospice, the Grand Blanc Arts Council is featuring the artwork of James Douglas Draper at Genesys Health Park from March 1st – May 3rd, 2014. The abstract exhibit of water based pigments and collage elements can be seen on the second floor, between the elevators.
A retired General Motors engineer, Draper wanted to break free from the constraints of straight lines and right angles that engineering imposed and develop his own body of abstract work. He works with different types of water base pigments and collage elements on watercolor paper, masonite, claybord, canvas, yupo paper, and most recently, glass. He has exhibited across Michigan, winning several First Place and Best of Show awards.
Draper says that he allows pigments to run and mix as gravity and an occasional nudge dictate. “The results from the process are always a surprise, letting something as large as a universe or as small as a quark peek through."
To purchase a piece of artwork from the exhibit, call Hospice at 810-695-9878.
25% of proceeds from these sales are donated to Genesys Hospice.
Learn more about James Douglas Draper:
Burton artist, James Douglas Draper, started doing charcoal portraiture of his schoolmates in 7th grade, later transitioning into pastels and then oils while in his early twenties. After receiving his engineering degree from GMI (now Kettering University) in Flint he continued his engineering career with General Motors. Finding he had less and less time to devote to artistic endeavors he stopped painting completely. After retiring from GM he found that he missed the creative design aspects that parts of his job entailed, but he also wanted to break free from the constraints of straight lines and right angles that engineering imposed and develop his own body of abstract work that he could continue to evolve.
In 2006 after seeing examples of her work at several local exhibitions, James started attending weekly painting workshops in Grand Blanc headed by local artist, Beverly Danks. The painting technique, creative watercolor, is a water based abstract process in which primarily inks, watercolors, or acrylics are placed onto a suitable substrate and found objects such as a twig, or perhaps an interesting shape torn from the bottom of a fast food container are placed onto the canvas to leave a monoprint. Pigments are allowed to run and mix as gravity and an occasional nudge dictate.
In 2009 he started solo exhibiting at fairs and other events around Michigan winning several first place or best of show awards. He now works interchangeably with different types of water base pigments and collage elements on watercolor paper, masonite, claybord, canvas, Yupo paper, and most recently, glass.
Draper stated, "The results from the process are always a surprise. The difference between what I did as an engineer and what I do now, is I get to add color. A starting pour may be singularly beautiful requiring only a few additional brush strokes or a glaze to complete it, or much additional work may be required to finish it using templates, masks, over sprays and other techniques to let something as large as a universe or as small as a quark, always in a state of transition, peek through."