Mar 21, 2013
was born in Bristol in 1978. He graduated from Wolverhampton University in 2000 with a BA (Honours) in Painting. Since leaving University, he has exhibited his work in both the U.K and the U.S.A. Throughout his childhood, Douglas experienced the landscapes of America only through indirect mediums such as photography, television and film. He was fascinated by the iconic and absorbing images of Hollywood films and brand advertising. The paintings in this exhibition portray this idolised vision of Americana he grew up with, an America void of political or social connotations. They are escapist yet realistic representations of everyday life, expertly captured in the photorealist style. When viewing Douglas’ work, one can clearly recognise the influence of certain pioneers of Photorealism, such as Richard Estes, Ralph Goings and John Salt. Douglas shares their ability to painstakingly recreate the complex visual details of American life, be it in the reflection of a cafeteria window, the sheen on a car bonnet or the neon billboard sign, which hangs over a music hall. His meticulous renderings of the Manhattan skyline are perfect demonstrations of this skill and craftsmanship he possesses as a painter. (via Albemarle Gallery
Mar 21, 2013
<-- (b. 1948, Sent, Engadin, Switzerland) studied in Paris and Rome before moving to New York in 1974. At present, he lives and works in Sent; Beijing; Agadez, Niger; and NotOna, Chile. Vital's major recent solo exhibitions include Plateau of Humanity at the 49th Venice Biennale, Italy (2001); Not Vital: Agadez at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (2005); Not Vital at The Arts Club of Chicago, Illinois, (2006); Not Vital: Schlafendes Haus at KÖR Kunsthalle Wien public space Karlsplatz, Vienna, Austria (2009 2010); and Not Vital: Full On at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2011).