"I envision hard edged reality through my paintings on raw surfaces. By using the underlying surface color, which can be seen through the medium, I create the tone and mood of the painting. I am a physician treating acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain and believe that through my art work healing can be found for my patients and myself. By combining the passive observer with the emotional content of the subject a therapeutic force is created."
Artist and physician Doug Frye of Lawrence, KS is known for his series of "cut-out" paintings. The artist found his creative drive early on, starting with drawings as a child. Over time, he developed his own style of art with little formal training. After finishing a medical internship in 1983, he began painting seriously, first with pastels and then with watercolor.
The artist moved to Arizona in 1986, where he first experimented with acrylic and recycled composite board or plywood. The unique textures of each of these became his primary painting surface. Through many experiments, Frye found using a board allowed him to easily work in non-rectangular shapes. His first experiments were with triangles, a shape he found was difficult to frame.
In 1989, Doug Frye arrived in Topeka and found access to a wood shop, where he began the first of his "cut-out" series. These unique shaped paintings became the central focus of his work, although he does occasionally return to traditional rectangular shapes. In 2012, the artist embraced oil paints for the majority of his works, the longer drying time allowing him to paint with more freedom.
Doug Frye's first one man show was in Silverton, Colorado in 1986. Since then the artist has participated in dozens of group shows throughout the region and starred in 11 more one man shows.
Some of his awards include SouthWind Gallery’s “Paint Topeka” and “Ensley Gardens” shows and the “Portraits and Characters” show at Yeldarb gallery.