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Douglas Bosley

Parachuting Dudes, illustration, Issue 23, June 1, 2013

Douglas Bosley was born and raised in the upper Mojave Desert of Southern California, Douglas Bosley eventually found himself in rainy Washington by 1997. He graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with a bachelor’s of fine arts in printmaking an MFA from University of Wisconsin--Madison in 2012. His work has been shown in numerous juried shows nationally and internationally including shows in China, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. He is a recipient of several awards including an Illustrators of the Future award and he was recently awarded first place in the prestigious National Society of Arts and Letters National Competition in Printmaking for 2013. In addition, his work is held by several collections including Southern Graphics Council Print Collection and Archives and the Wisconsin Union Art Collection. 

Get to know Douglas...
Birth date? 1983
When did you start doing artwork?  I have been working in my primary graphic media of intaglio and lithography since 2007.
When and what and where did you first get published? My work was first published in the Writers of the Future Volume XXV for Emery Huang’s story "Garden of Tian Zi."
Do you use reoccurring themes or images in your illustrations? The corpus of my work forms a historicized account of a future landscape and uses current events as a launch pad for discussions about the implications of social, technological and environmental trends.
What media do you like to work in? Why? Lithography and Mezzotint are my primary mediums. These techniques lend themselves to the creation of detailed imagery and dynamic lighting which I use to lure people into the narrative world I have constructed.
What artist's work do you most admire? How has this artist's work influenced you? I am most heavily influenced by the old masters and especially print makers such as Rembrandt, Goltzius and Goya. Contemporary artists who work in narrative and inspire me are William Kentridge and Trenton Doyle Hancock. With all artists I am looking for ways in which to master my craft and the particular ways in which they tell stories.

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