Art of the Unspeakable

doug_02Renowned artist Doug Auld joins James on this edition to discuss the social and political dimensions of his life’s work. Auld’s most recent and controversial collection, Those Who Blew the Whistle (2016), consists of 50 unique portraits of “people willing to bring upon themselves enormous controversy and upheaval for seemingly little to no reward.”

Auld’s creations often focus on human forms and subject matter that have been overlooked or shunned by the broader society. Perhaps most notable among these is the acclaimed three-year project culminating in State of Grace (2005), which consists of ten large scale portraits of adolescent burn survivors. The collection received international recognition in the New York Times and Washington Post, and was also featured in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.


Doug was born in Queens, NY and grew up in New Jersey. In his last year of high school, his life’s course changed upon seeing Jim Morrison and 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

He later 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, New Jersey.

Select paintings discussed in the interview are reproduced below. Additional information is available at







14 thoughts on “Art of the Unspeakable”

    1. Funny you should deride the use of an age old phrase like “I got no dog in the race” and in the same breath refer to this piece of Jewish exceptionalism and propaganda and use the term “anti-Zionists,” as if pointing out the horrendous crimes of the Zionists Syndicate is reason to afford this group some kind of minority status who deserves to be protected-this is how prooganda works in print folks, and I hope you call this BS wherever you see it,
      the Israelis can bomb a hospital and kill a female delivering a baby along with the medical staff and blame it on their victims, all the while screaming “ANTI-SEMITISM” and the like-it is absolutely enough to hurl

      1. So you support Palestinian men beating, raping, and doing mercy killing to female Palestinians at the rate of 74% according to Al Jazeera? It’s a wonderfully disfunctional society supported by a network of enablers abroad who heart Palestinian men.

    1. CIA Agent Cooper selling a book? Well at least he is doing it at Wall Mart-there is an element of symbolic appropriateness here-
      speaking of mind control enemies that control and run the press,
      I believe the controlled media has a “waveform,” a virus of sorts that suggests subconsciously to the masses to forget, to sleep-They Live…(may be more than just a movie)

  1. I recognize the last “burn” victim. He was “burned” by FAU very recently.

    Be careful which propaganda you beLIEve, people. Bad information makes people make bad decisions.

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