Self Portrait, oil, 8"x12"

In Art, it was once stated that one needed to be " fit for a portrait." I challenge this notion. --Doug Auld, 2008
Doug and Maha


Doug Auld was born in Queens, NY. As a child, Doug moved with his family to New Jersey where he spent most of his childhood. He had a love and fascination with nature and wildlife as well as mechanics. The second born in a family of four and son of a car dealer, he went to a trade high school and studied mechanics with the intention of taking over his Father's Chrysler dealership. In his last year of high school, his life's course changed upon seeing "The Doors" perform at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. He began studying piano and classical music, eventually writing 18 pieces of original music. His band "East Agony" played in several venues around the metropolitan area including the famous "CBGB" located in NYC

Not feeling the Music Business was the right fit, he took up an interest in painting after visiting the "Salvador Dali Museum" in Cleveland, Ohio. Primarily self taught, Doug pursued Art and painting, eventually taking continuing education courses at the Art Student's League, School of Visual Arts and The NY Academy in NYC. He presently lives, works and teaches in Hoboken, NJ.

Most recently Doug completed a three-year Art project called "State of Grace." This consisted of ten large scale portraits of adolescent burn survivors. The New York Times featured the project in a front page story of their "Metro Section" in June of 2006.

As one of only fifty finalists in the 2007 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, his painting "Shayla" was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. “Shayla” was the first burn survivor portrait to be displayed at the National Portrait gallery.

Doug was a recent guest at "The Art of Recovery," the 33rd annual event for the Regional Burn Centers where he displayed several works at the Philadelphia Museum.

Doug and burn survivor volunteer Jelani Jeffry, were guest speakers at the
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

In the fall of 2007, Doug was given a one-man show at the Berrie Center Art Galleries at Ramapo College, Mahwah NJ. This was followed by an oral presentation to the student body by Doug and burn survivor Jelani Jeffry

Doug was invited to Cologne, Germany to paint Maha Schaff, a 28-year old female burn survivor from Cologne who was set on fire by her father. The painting and project was documented and featured on national television through out Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The painting was unveiled to Maha at an opening reception held at the Fifty Fifty Galerie in Dusseldorf, Germany

Doug and Jelani Jeffry were the invited guest speakers for the Grand Rounds at the Spaulding Medical Center in Boston, MA in Feb 08

Doug,s latest work is titled " Back from Iraq " (portrait of Corporal J. R. Martinez) oil 50”x 60” 2008. The painting will be part of an upcoming show called "Remnants of War" that will open on Jan 7th at the New York Arts Club in NYC. J. R. Martinez is a US soldier and veteran of the Iraq war who was badly burned when his vehicle hit an IED.

Past highlights include

The release of ten new images of the Surreal Celebrity Portraits in Limited Edition Print which can be viewed at

1993 Absolut Vodka “Artist of the Year” original painting created for Absolut shown in publications through out the year.

- Featured on CBS ,Entertainment Tonight ,NYC,USA

- Commissioned portrait of Jim Morrison for MTV " Museum of Unnatural History"

- Featured on Sun up San Diego, morning TV program.

- One Man Show at The Bergen Museum of Art and Science , NJ, USA

- One Man Show at Drew University with Governor Tom Kean NJ,USA

- One Man Show at The Limelight ,NYC,USA

- Group show at The Time is Always Now Gallery, SoHo ,NYC,USA

- Featured in the Salvador Dali newsletter.

- Featured on Inside New Jersey WNET TV-Channel 13, NJ,USA