Doug Driediger is an established mid-career artist, a juried member of the Graphic Designers of Canada, and a juried member of Canada’s prestigious National Watercolour Society, the CSPWC. He is also the Founder and Creative Director of Metrographics.
In Doug’s 30+ year career as a visual artist he has completed over 40 large-scale murals and public artworks throughout Western Canada. His artwork is included in several significant collections, including a recent major purchase award of 52 paintings by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
I specialize in the creation of site-specific visual art that is integrated into urban landscapes. This work spans a broad range of project types, ranging from large-scale historical murals to photo-montage, illustration and interpretive work. I am expert at working with acrylic and watercolour, although my practice is rooted in careful drawing and illustration. Recent work is characteristically graphic; my murals are typified by vibrant, high chroma colour, painterly mark-making and a rich attention to detail. Subjects tend to be figurative; I enjoy realistic landscape painting and portraiture.
Community Engagement It is important for me, as a public artist, to interact with the community.
My motivation is to create work that transform’s people’s thinking, broadening how we relate to each other and enriching how we connect to public spaces. I believe that public and community art is made more meaningful when it is embedded in local culture. in service to this belief I create art with a community focus, working hands-on with different community groups, schools and other stakeholders to explore content and realize solutions.
This approach is intentionally interactive and collaborative. I develop murals in response to specific aspects of location, heritage, community stories and natural surroundings. Working in this way I employ public art as a powerful placemaking tool, fostering vibrant, creative and connected communities that ultimately transform cities into galleries.