Gallery Q Archives – 2017 November

Douglas Sergeant Jr.: “…the ‘stuff’ we don’t talk about.”

November 1 to 23, 2017

Opening Reception: November 3, 2017 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

Douglas Sergeant Jr. is a local artist and veteran. Describing his work as sometimes controversial, Sergeant says he does not work in any one specific style and loves all schools of art.  Most often his work starts with a creative “itch” and once color is applied to paper or canvas the work creates itself.  He says he likes to put in his art “the ‘stuff’ we don’t talk about.”  When pressed, he describes his work as “surreal realism”.

Sergeant says his work deals with emotions and past experiences. He works in no specific color pallet and uses the colors that “feel right.” Most of his work is acrylic on canvas.  Much of his work does have the feel of the surrealist artist, Salvador Dali.

During a challenging childhood Sergeant escaped as often and for as long as he could to his school art room. There he was encouraged by his mother, Debbie Sergeant, and his art teacher, Debbie Schmidt, who remains a great influence in his life. As a student he won his first prize as an artist with a collage showing the moon observing what humans are doing to the earth.

To escape what seemed an untenable situation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps to “see the world” and “become a man.”  He was encouraged to do so by his mother, Debbie Sergeant, who is also a veteran as is his father.  Sergeant was deployed to Afghanistan. It was in the Marines and Afghanistan that instances of a traumatic nature occurred that have caused Sargent’s PTSD.

Recently his work was shown at Kashong Creek in Geneva, NY. He is currently working on a piece entitled “Orphan of War”.