Doyle Gertjejansen received his MFA degree with a major in painting and minor in art history from the University of Minnesota. He has resided in New Orleans for most of his professional career, teaching and serving as chair, graduate coordinator, gallery director, and other academic positions and duties at the University of New Orleans. In New Orleans his work has been represented by the Arthur Roger Gallery, Galerie Simonne Stern, and currently, Callan Contemporary. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center and the Arts Council of New Orleans, and served in many other positions in the community.
His work has been exhibited in numerous one-person and group exhibitions and is included in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad. In 1996 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in painting and the Phi Kappa Phi South Central Artist’s Award. He has received numerous other grants, awards, and honors including a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship for painting and works on paper in 1999.
Gertjejansen has been creating large scale mixed media abstractions for over four decades. His primary body of work also includes drawings and works on paper, sculpture, and installations. The most recent work focuses on complex layers of abstract and pictorial imagery drawn from his personal history, the history of art, contemporary philosophy, science, and other disciplines.
One of the challenges in making abstract paintings today is to embrace elements that were, in abstractions inception, intentionally placed outside of its boundaries. Instead of rejecting elements of illusionist space and all references to the world beyond the language of painting itself, most abstract painters in recent decades have been pursuing unique and individual strategies to incorporate illusion and image into the language of abstraction, while allowing the painting to still read as a singularly powerful and experiential moment rooted in sensuality.
That broader view of contemporary abstraction is reflected in my own work, where I hope the audience will experience the space of pictographic art, Renaissance perspective, the flat space of contemporary painting, picture making and formal abstraction, and at the same time, enter into the realm of ideas. In the paintings, the obvious and the arbitrary, awkward or elegant, contrived and authentic events live in the same world at the same time, and have equal consequences. I believe the power of painting is still rooted in sensual experience, and in its ability to provide a direct record of the uniquely human practice of invention.