My enduring passion has always been identity topics, either in my personal practice or through my public art career. I strongly believe that understanding the individuality of a person or the uniqueness of a place results in the most impactful art solutions. As a muralist this passion inspires placemaking; I aim to create public art that resonates with the site in context.
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.
Doug Driediger is a Calgary-based artist, muralist and graphic designer who graduated from ACAD in 1980 with an honours diploma focusing on painting. He is also the Founder and Creative Director of Metrographics (1981), a multi-disciplinary design and advertising studio that specializes in fine-art-based problem solving.
Doug’s career has a national reputation for excellence; he is a juried member of the Graphic Designers of Canada, and a juried member of Canada’s prestigious National Watercolour Society, the CSPWC. With a focus on large-scale public art, Doug is best known for his interpretive work for Parks Canada/Alberta Parks, as well as his iconic murals (done for CUPS, the Petroleum Club and the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede) in downtown Calgary. In total he has completed over 40 murals throughout Western Canada, and his art is included in several significant collections, including a major purchase award by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
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. I look forward to continuing this high impact work with the City of Calgary.
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