Douglas Fales

Douglas A. Fales was born during 1929 in Montréal, Québec. Fales is known for his portraits, landscape and cityscape paintings of Montréal. He studied portraiture for 4 years under R.C.A. portraitist, Adam Sherriff Scott (1943-1947), and studied life drawing with R.C.A. Arthur Lismer at the Montréal Museum of Art (1946-1949). In 1945, he worked as a commercial artist creating newspaper ads for Morgan’s department store until 1964. He is an artist with a 19th century frame of mind in the way he works and paints subjects as they should be remembered from the past.

Since the 1970s, Fales has made over 8,000 works. His style uses diffused colours in displaced in multiple areas around the canvas. He learned various techniques in utilizing colour from 19th century masters such as Jean-François Millet and Van Gogh. Of his paintings, his favourite subjects are North American Indigenous portraits and ships.

Now in his late 80s, Fales continues to paint his favourite subjects in Montréal.