The Work of Doug Metzler, 45 years



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

Moving to Los Angeles in 1974, he became the senior photographer for United Artist Records, creating album covers and portraits of well known artists and musicians.

He began painting on photographs in 1976. The first exhibit of his painted photographs was in 1979 at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles, and that same year he showed painted photographs at PS 1 in New York and at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Between 1981 and 1994, he lived and worked in Paris, Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Returning to New York in 1994, he began studying anatomical drawing at The Art Students League, applying his craft oil paintings and water colors.

Doug currently lives and works in New York City. He can be reached via email at:


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

                          Figureworks Gallery

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

                          Figureworks Gallery

1992    “A Return to Painted Photographs” (painted photographs)                           Los Angeles, California
                          Daniel Saxon Gallery

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

1990    "Heart Time" (paintings)                                                                                            Los Angeles, CA

                          Saxon Lee Gallery

1989    "Challenging Time" (paintings)                                                                                 Los Angeles, CA

                          Saxon Lee Gallery

1985    "Portraits of Artists" (painted photographs)                                                                        Venice, CA

                           West Beach Cafe

1979    "Painted Photographs", Los Angeles, CA

                          Rosamund Felson Gallery

1977    "Shooting Down" (photographs)                                                                                Los Angeles, CA

                          Thomas/Lewallen Gallery



Paul Anka

Chuck Arnoldi

Don Barcardy

Joan Baez

Ed Begley Jr.

Larry Bell

David Blue

Joseph Bottoms

Michael Brewster

Laura Braden

Donald Byrd

Tom Christie

Rosemary Clooney

Ron Cooper

Bing Crosby

Chris Darrow

Gordon Davidson

Guy De Cointet

Britt Eklund

Ferrante & Teicher

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. John

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

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 Struthers

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


To view work, return to top of page and click on “Work”

20” X 22”

Photograph, 1975

All images (c) Doug Metzler 1972-2017 

Prices upon request                            


Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

Carnation Corp., Los Angeles, CA

Nestle 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