The work of doug metzler,40 years


All images,copyrighted (c) Doug Metzler 1971-2011                              

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Doug Metzler began photographing after seeing  Antonioni’s” Blow-up” .He attented the School of Visual Arts and assisted for photographers  around Manhattan, in 1971 he married and moved to Dakar,Senegal,where his wife  held a post at the Austrian embassy  and he worked as a photographer for Delta Presse

Moving to Los Angeles, he became The Staff Photographer for United Artist Records,doing album covers and portraits .

Then in 1976 he began painting on photographs.

The first exhibit of his painted photographs was in 1979 at the Rosamund Felsen gallery in Los Angeles,that same year he showed Painted photographs at two Group shows;At PS 1 in New York and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

In 1981 He moved to Paris, and continued working on the painted photograph.

Returning to Los  Angeles in 1984 he began painting Fresco secco works while continuing the Painted photograph.

In 1992 he moved to Santa Fe, Continuing the work.

Then in 1994 He returned to New York and began studying Anatomy drawing at The Art Students League , years of studying the figure has led him to figurative oil paintings.

He currently lives and works in New York City


2005"Coupled" (paintings), Figureworks Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

2002"New Exposure" (paintings), Figureworks Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

1992A Return to Painted Photographs" (painted photographs), Daniel Saxon Gallery, Los Angeles,CA

1991"Fresco Secco Paintings" (paintings), Spokane School of Art and Eastern Washington Univ.,              Spokane, WA

1990"Heart Time" (paintings), Saxon Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989"Challenging Time" (paintings), Saxon Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985"Portraits of Artists" (painted photographs), West Beach Cafe, Los Angeles, CA

1979"Painted Photographs" Rosamund Felson Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1977"Shooting Down" (photographs), Thomas/Lewallen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2000Gallery 944, Santa Fe, NM

1993Marilyn Perez Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Christopher Leonard Gallery, New York, NY

Sena Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, CA

1990Earl McGrath Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

          "Of Nature and the Human Spirit," Daniel Saxon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989      Saxon Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1988"Artists Images," Gallery at the Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

1985Jones/Troyen Gallery, Washington, DC

"Imagine Future Peace," Attack Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Flower Show," Theater Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1984"Painted Photographs," Western States Museum of Photography, Santa

Barbara, CA

1983"Afrique," Salle d'Actualite, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Vanguard Gallery, Los Angeles,CA

    "Photo-Peinture," Elac, Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyons, Fr.

1979     "Attitudes," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA

      Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

1978    Soho Camera Works Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

        "Portraits," Nuage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1977     "Installations," Morgan Thomas Gallery, Santa Monica, CA


Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

Carnation Corp., Los Angeles, CA

Nestle√(c) Corp., New York, NY

Warner Bros., Los Angeles, CA


City of San Francisco, San Francisco

Esquire, New York

New West, Los Angeles

Village Voice,New York

Passion, Paris

Rolling Stone, New York  

Vogue, London

Zoom, Paris             


Armitage, Diane. "Voices: The Visual and Performing Arts." Sante Fe

Reporter, June 30-July 6, 1993.

Leatard, Lynn. "Arts/LA." KCRW-Radio, March 16, 1992.

Pate, Suzanne. "Art Review." Spokane Chronicle, April 26, 1991, Spokane,


Geer, Suvan. "Galleries." Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1989.

Sorenson, Jon. "Reviews." Art & Issues, Vol. 6, September/October 1989.

Brown, Turner and Elaine Partnow. Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of

Photographic Artists and Innovators, Macmillan Publishing Co., 1986. pp. 413-14.

Forgey, Benjamin. "Galleries." Washington Post, June 29, 1985.

Williams, Gloria. "Reviews." Artweek, October 20, 1984.  

Muchnie, Suzanne. "Art Walk." Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1979.

Lifson, Ben. "Redundant Kisses, Engaging Ambiguities." Village Voice,

     June 11, 1979.

Thornton, Gene. "A Curator's Curiosity." The New York Times, June 3, 1979.

Wilson, William. "Art Walk." Los Angeles Times, October 21, 1977.

Welling, James. "Direct Views of the Simple: Photography of Douglas

Metzler." Artweek, November, 1977.

A list of photographic portraits  1971-2011


Paul Anka

Chuck Arnoldi

Don Barcardy

Joan Baez

Ed Begley Jr.

Larry  Bel

David Blue

Joseph Bottoms

Michael Brewster

Laura Braden

Donald Byrd

Tom Christie

Rosemary Clooney

Ron Cooper

Bing Crosby

Chris Darrow

Gordon Davidso

Guy De Cointet

Britt Eklund


Richard Furey

Crystal Gayle

Jerry Garcia

Bernard Ginestet

Robert Graham

The Grateful Dead

Dick Gregory

Raul Guerrero

Robert Guillaume

Chico Hamilton

Steve Hayden

Eddie Henderson

Gene Harris

Jacques Higelin

David Hockney

Arianna Huffington

Bobby Humphreys

Christopher Isherwood

Peter Ives

Dr. Jo

Eric Kas

Earl Klugh

Ned Lagin

Ronnie Laws

Alexis Lichine

Annie Liebovitz

George Lighty

Jackie Lomax

Johnny Mercer

Brice Marden

Groucho Marx

John Mayall

Victor Moscoso

Alphonse Mouzon

Maria Muldaur

Gregory Nava

Ted Neely

Sandy Nelson

Bill Nighy

Maxine Nightingale

Claus Oldenburg

Eric Orr

Robert Rauschenberg

Kenny Rogers

Al Ruppersberg

Ed Ruscha

Marlena Shaw

Horace Silvers

Patti Smith

Tom Snow

Elke Sommer

Sally Struthe

Tanya Tucker

Klaus Voorman

Tom Waits

Leslie Ann Warren

Doc Watson

Lawrence Weiner

Bob Weir

Slim Whitman

Mason Williams

Garry Winogrand

Bill Withers

Jimmy Witherspoon

Bobby Womack

Cassie Yates

Frank Zappa

Eugenia Zuckerman


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