Douglas Karson is an American-born artist living and working in Bristol. Self-taught, his practice incorporates colour, philosophy, storytelling, poetry and ink on paper with a particular focus on painting. Bold colour, geometry and a sensitivity to line and balance characterise his artworks, which are informed by personal and spiritual philosophies. His ongoing series, THE RULES, uses elements from Greco-Roman philosophy, Chinese mythology, Yogic theory and Western philosophy to formulate a process of making-as-manifesto, or manifesto-as-making. A rigid formal framework and methodology engenders infinite potential outcomes, each a cross-cultural message suffused with subtle politics. Douglas believes passionately in creating and nurturing artist communities. Douglas has participated in and organised over 30 group and solo exhibitions internationally in the UK and the United States.