Douglas Rich is the first to acknowledge his roots are in fine art and a lifelong study of history. His glass resonates with the echoes of antiquity amid an earthy palate. The written word suspended in time is a reoccurring theme. Glass tablets appear to be weathered stone, inscribed with the lost text of forgotten prophecy. Glass velum maps, stained, cracked & torn, arouse our curiosity and point to lands unknown. Expansive installations composed of suspended glass artifacts and glass medicine robes span entire walls. Glass & bronze prayer feathers hover motionless in the air while a companion glass medicine shield hangs vigilant in a home entryway.
Douglas Rich paintings always present a strong graphic image. Extraneous visual clutter is eliminated revealing a straightforward image. Reducing the subject to its purest form and punctuated with vibrant color are his signature traits. Mythic symbolism is ever present in his work.
Douglas has continuously pushed into uncharted artistic territory with his development and use of new materials. His acclaimed medicine bundles and war shirt installations employ aerospace materials to create a contemporary visage of ancient artifacts. His work brings to the surface the ancient lineage and memories we all subconsciously share within our spirit.