Eliza Douglas

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Eliza Douglas (born 1984) is an American painter[1] who lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany and New York City.


Douglas grew up in the West Village in New York City.[1][2] She holds a BA in film studies from Bard College, and attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt-Am-Main from 2015-2017.[3] There she studied with Willem de Rooij.[2] Aside from being an artist Douglas has worked as a model for Balenciaga and Vetements.[4][5]


Douglas's work is interdisciplinary and ranges from paintings to performance.[3][4] She began painting while at the Städelschule.[4] Her paintings are conceptually driven and combine realism, abstraction, and humor.[2][6] In some pieces, Douglas hires a technical painter to render the more realistic elements.[4]

Douglas has also collaborated with artist Puppies Puppies.[4] She cites Monika Baer and Maria Lassnig as inspirations.[4]

Her work has been exhibited at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Schinkel Pavillon [de], Berlin, and the Jewish Museum, New York.[7]


Douglas is known for her collaborations with German artist Anne Imhof.[2] For the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, Douglas was the co-creator of music and performer for Imhof's work titled Faust, which won the Golden Lion.[3] Imhof and Douglas have made paintings together.[8] Douglas also performed in Sex, Imhof's 2019 piece for the Tate Modern, now on view at the Art Institute of Chicago.[9]

Douglas has toured with Antony and the Johnsons (2006) and Devendra Banhart (2004-2006).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Douglas is the great-granddaughter of Dorothy Wolff Douglas, who was a professor of economics and departmental chair at Smith College. Her pieces, Shadow and Light and Blood and Bones are in Dorothy's memory. They were commissioned by and first exhibited at the Jewish Museum, New York [6][10]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Eliza Douglas, Jewish Museum, New York, 2018[6]
  • Old Tissues Filled with Tears, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, 2017[11]
  • My Gleaming Soul, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2017[12]
  • My Gleaming Soul, Nassauisher Kunstverein, 2017[13]


  1. ^ a b "Eliza Douglas - 3 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". www.artsy.net. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "'The Rest Is Herstory': How Eliza Douglas Went From Being Anne Imhof's Closest Collaborator to a Rising Star Herself". artnet News. 2018-05-21. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  3. ^ a b c d "Eliza Douglas CV" (PDF). Air de Paris. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f magazine, HERO. "Artist, model and musician Eliza Douglas in conversation with Hans-Ulrich Obrist". HERO magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  5. ^ "Eliza Douglas paints her existential issues". Interview Magazine. 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  6. ^ a b c "Eliza Douglas, May 4-October 21, 2018". The Jewish Museum. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  7. ^ AnOther (2018-11-05). "Artist Eliza Douglas on the Medieval Mystic Radical Before Her Time". AnOther. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  8. ^ Cotter, Holland; Smith, Roberta; Heinrich, Will; Farago, Jason (2017-10-11). "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  9. ^ Voon, Claire (2019-05-31). "Sex Appeal: Anne Imhof's Arduous, Mesmerizing Latest Work Touches Down in Chicago". ARTnews. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  10. ^ https://thejewishmuseum.org/index.php/exhibitions/eliza-douglas
  11. ^ "Old Tissues Filled with Tears - Schinkel Pavillon". www.schinkelpavillon.de. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  12. ^ "Eliza Douglas "My Gleaming Soul" at Museum Folkwang, Essen •". Mousse Magazine (in Italian). 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  13. ^ "NKV / Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden: Eliza Douglas My Gleaming Soul / I am a Fireball". www.kunstverein-wiesbaden.de. Retrieved 2019-07-09.