Doug Gillis was born in Akron, Ohio. Fascinated by the various applications of design, aesthetic and visual arts, he studied graphic and architectural design as well as art history, graduating with a BS in Industrial Design from Ohio State University.
Before discovering his love of glass, Doug enjoyed a stimulating career as an art director in Orlando, the Netherlands, and Los Angeles. Doug now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Before discovering his love of glass, Doug enjoyed a stimulating career as an art director in Orlando, the Netherlands, and Los Angeles. Doug now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Artist Statement

I create kiln-worked sculptural glass wall art with the goal of constructing a modern vision of an ancient art form. My approach is modular and contemporary based on the aesthetic styling of the European Bauhaus designs I studied extensively at Ohio State University. I use line, pattern, texture, shape and color as instruments to create intimate, deceptively simple artworks from a deliberate and complex process.

The luminous creations are the aesthetic rewards of letting Earth’s natural materials express themselves as fine art. The contemporary styling and modern color palettes used in the works allow collectors to display multiple pieces together for a harmonious effect.