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 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.[9]

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

Personal life[edit]

Douglass is the great-granddaughter of Dorothy Wolff Douglas, a professor of economics and departmental chair at Smith College. Her pieces, Shadow and Light and Blood and Bones are in Dorothy's memory.[6]

Selected Solo Exhibitions[edit]

  • Eliza Douglas, Jewish Museum, New York, 2018[6]
  • Old Tissues Filled with Tears, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, 2017[10]
  • My Gleaming Soul, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2017[11]
  • My Gleaming Soul, Nassauisher Kunstverein, 2017[12]


  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. ^ "Old Tissues Filled with Tears - Schinkel Pavillon". www.schinkelpavillon.de. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  11. ^ "Eliza Douglas "My Gleaming Soul" at Museum Folkwang, Essen •". Mousse Magazine (in Italian). 2017-03-11. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  12. ^ "NKV / Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden: Eliza Douglas My Gleaming Soul / I am a Fireball". www.kunstverein-wiesbaden.de. Retrieved 2019-07-09.