Douglas Chrismas started his career in Vancouver, Canada in 1961 where at the age of 17 he opened his first art gallery. During the following years the gallery grew mounting exhibitions of such important artists as Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Nauman, and Serra who were considered the “hot” young artists at that time.
The gallery expanded to Los Angeles in 1967 and then further expanded to New York in 1994. The galleries were noted for doing museum-level exhibitions by up and coming and also world-renowned artists. While in New York the gallery’s presence was amplified by its doing exhibitions with such important cultural institutions as the Guggenheim Museum and the Cartier Foundation (Paris),
which even though Mr. Chrismas’ gallery was a commercial gallery it had gained great respect from museums worldwide. Under his directorship Ace Gallery has had either offices or galleries in such important art centers as Mexico City, Paris, Berlin and Beijing along with its strong position in Los Angeles.
Mr. Chrismas’ ability to create architectural spaces for contemporary art of our time became well known. He is credited with creating the first White Cube contemporary art space as we know it today. All Ace gallery spaces have been designed by Mr. Chrismas.