Doug Argue: Scattered Rhymes in Venice: Venice

Waterhouse and Dodd are proud to sponsor Scattered Rhymes and the exhibition feature four monumental paintings by the American-born, New York-based artist, Doug Argue, whose body of striking abstract and figurative work encompasses a diversity of mediums and formats that spans a thirty-year career.


These site-specific works draw on the great Venetian Masters, such as Titian and Tintoretto, as well as from the architecture and landscape of Venice. The city's canals, narrow calles, and particular red brickwork are all manifested here in Argue's aesthetic preoccupations with the passage of time, light, and movement, and how the past informs the present.


Argue's lyrical paintings feature gestural swaths of colour and geometric and biomorphic forms swept over expansive surfaces. Integral to the artist's unique vocabulary of shapes are the stenciled letters scattered across these compositions, culled from fragmented literary passages that range from Moby-Dick to sonnets by thirteenth-century poet Petrarch—a reminder that there is no still moment in both history and time.


Exhibition Dates 5 May - 30 September, 2015


Palazzo Contarini Dal Zaffo

Dorsoduro 878, Venice, Italy


Opening times: Tue – Sun 10am – 6pm

Closed on Mondays

Free Admission


For further information or prices on these works, please contact the gallery on 020 7734 7800 or email