The Art of Invention

the art of Douglas La Ferle


When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" 

~Howard Ikemot

After selling his successful architectural firm, French Associates, in 2006, artist and architect Doug La Ferle began devoting more time to other artistic pursuits.  He has exhibited his paintings and sculptures in many juried exhibitions, including the Michigan Fine Arts Competition at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, the Greater Michigan Arts Exhibition at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, and the ArtPrize Competition at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

A finalist in the MIGreat Artist Competition in 2012, La Ferle’s figurative paintings are derived from a variety of images, from vintage photographs to movies and advertisements. 

“I’m attracted to expressions and images that simultaneously recall a past time and also are timeless in their humanity,” La Ferle says.

“Each painting tells its own story, and I try to bring the viewer into the story -- inviting them to question what is happening in the work.  My goal is to start a visual conversation.”