Born and raised in Calgary, Doug Zech is an artist and woodworker with a background in printmaking and sculpture. He holds a Diploma of Fine Art (with distinction) from the Alberta College of Art (now AUArts) and a Master of Fine Art degree from NSCAD (now NSCAD University).

A self-taught woodworker and furniture maker he has exhibited his woodwork locally, nationally and internationally for over twenty-five years. During that time, he was honoured to be chosen for an exhibition of chairs curated by world renowned chair-maker, Sam Maloof in Worchester, Mass.

He has been an instructor in printmaking at AUArts teaching both full-time day classes and for many years taught with their continuing education program as well. One of his most rewarding teaching experiences was a Selkirk College in Nelson, BC where he taught the Fine Woodworking Program. This program focuses on traditional fine furniture making and design and culminates each year in an exhibition of the student's work.

Driven by an insatiable curiosity and desire to continually expand and increase his skill his woodwork has run the gamut from fine furniture and custom cabinetry to musical instruments. Always with a desire to create beautifully made and useful objects.


Artist Statement:

My overriding philosophy toward my work is to create a challenge for myself with each piece that I make. I constantly strive to learn and experiment, to push the boundaries of what my skills will allow me to do. In the process of development and expansion of my knowledge and a honing of my skills occurs. I feel that by challenging the limits of what I can do I create a freshness and vitality in my work. This would otherwise be lost if I chose to restrict myself to what I’ve done or know how to do. 

My current bodies of work are turned wooden objects that are an exploration in contrast. They explore my fascination with contrasting elements. Whether that be light and dark, organic and mechanical or smooth and rough. The pieces I am working on embracing the concept of smooth and rough, finished and unfinished, refined and coarse, practical or impractical.