Doug Biden 1956 - 2007
As a master printmaker, Doug Biden contributed to the development of the medium through his work and by passing his passion to others through teaching. He attended the Vancouver School of Art, traveled for a time after graduating and then began to exhibit and teach printmaking workshops throughout the province. He went on to earn a Master’s degree at Concordia University in Montreal. After returning to the Lower Mainland, he taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the University College of the Fraser Valley, and Capilano College. In 1996, he accepted an associate professorship at Okanagan University College, later to become UBC Okanagan. Biden’s exhibitions were mainly in smaller B.C. galleries, although residencies were also an important part of his artistic journey. He made two visits to St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, Nfld., and two to the Graphic Studio in Dublin. His work at times combined different non-traditional techniques and he enjoyed collaborating with other artists. While visceral imagery was a mainstay, he was also interested in contemporary issues and used political, pop culture and mass media references in his work.
-bio from Galleries West, Portia Pregert