Posted by Peter On May 20, 2010
My friend Doug Padilla. Doug is a great artist.
Many years ago we were neighbors in South Minneapolis. He was a cool guy, with cool kids, wild art masks on his walls, who played soccer (a great passion of my youth), and ran a soccer t-shirt company featuring his art.
Doug has won plenty of awards, his art has hung in major museums including the Minnesota Institute of Art
, he has had international shows, and is sold widely.
Doug claims “I have no idea, I work from no idea, I come from not tradition of idea” but I don’t buy it. I see a consistent passion for life, coming to grips with mortality, and rootedness in his Mexican ancestry. I think Doug is an artist of profound ideas and deep tradition.
You can find him at dougieland.com
I have to admit that this portrait was somewhat unintentionally soft-focused, but I liked the result so I'm counting it as a happy accident....