Doug Argue

New York City-based artist Doug Argue’s forty-year painting career has culminated in a well-known and recognizable body of work that ranges from pure abstraction to representation.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Argue’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including at Edelman Arts and Haunch of Venison in New York and the Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica. Two of his new monumental paintings commissioned for the lobby of One World Trade Center in Manhattan are now on display. His work is in the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Weisman Art Museum, and numerous other museums, corporate and private collections.

Image Credit: Cristina Arza

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023         Doug Argue: Letters to the Future, survey, exhibition, and curation by Elizabeth Armstrong,

 Weisman Art Museum, Saint Paul, MN

2022         Doug Argue: There is No Happiness Like Mine, Piermarq*, Surry Hills, Australia

Sydney Contemporary, Darlinghurst, Australia

The Life Aquatic. Oceanic Visions by Doug Argue, collaboration with German Consulate, 1014 – Space for Ideas, New York, NY

2019         Kovacek Gallery, Vienna, Austria

2018         Marc Straus Gallery, New York, NY

2017         Waterhouse and Dodd, New York, NY

2015         Scattered Rhymes, Venice Biennale, Collateral Exhibition, Venice, Italy

2013         Doug Argue, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia


2009         London International Creative Competition | Artist of the Year Review

2001         Golden Family Foundation

1997         Rome Prize Fellow catalogue

1995         Pollock- Krasner Foundation

         Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship

1994         Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunities Grant

1992         McKnight Foundation Fellowship

1991         Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship

1990         Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant

1988         Bush Foundation Fellowship

1987         National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1986         McKnight Foundation fellowship

1984         Jerome Foundation Fellowship

Artist Statement

There are many different histories in the world, in both art and politics, and we often see things in the current moment, yet have no idea what lies beneath. One language is always turning into another, one generation is always rising and another falling, there is no still moment. I am trying to express this fluxthis constant shifting of one thing over another, like a veil over the moment itself.