Douwe Elias is a “Figurative-Impressionist”, a romantic and realistic painter at the same time. His painting is expressive, almost violent. His colors are warm and strong and his characters typical. The romanticism expresses itself through the subjects he depicts, the realism, through his faithful scenes, free from aesthetic concessions. Thus, every pencil stroke is intended; every line plays its role in the composition. The play between light and shadow shows an ever recognizable dramatic effect.
Elias preferences go to portraits, city-views, pub-interiors and nude models. His atelier, an immense attic in a centuries-old house, is an indescribable junk room, a mixing up of works and curiosities of all kinds. His paintings keep close to African masks, Chinese furniture and lots of objects coming from all over the world. And at the far end, occupying a place of honor, a sofa from where Elias observes his work in progress with binoculars, suddenly jumping up in order to retouch this or modify that. This way his art originates, all in power and spontaneity.
Douwe Elias was born in Leeuwaarden (NL) in 1952; he lives in the Frisian small town of Franeker. He belongs to the “New Realists” of North-Netherlands, and was like most of them a pupil of the Minerva Academy in Groningen.