British artist Daniels' eye-grabbing trompe l’oeil works are a tussle between abstraction and realism. The result is a richly associative blend of painting, sculpture, photography, and theater, filled with references to diverse subjects such as European paintings or shoe advertisements.
William Daniels pushes photorealism into abstraction. Claiming “Painting by its nature is just painting light,” he captures the nuances of light and form in his meticulously painted canvases, in which he foregrounds the tension between reality and artifice inherent to his medium. It's a methodical three-part process: he begins by constructing a maquette out of aluminum foil or scraps of paper and cardboard, then carefully lights and photographs the maquette, working from the photograph to make his paintings.
Daniels recreates iconic historical works — including Caravaggio, William Blake, J.M.W. Turner and Georg Baselitz — as well as adverts from famous brands.
William DanielsYves Saint Laurent, 2020oil on board38 x 30.5 cm
14 15/16 x 12 1/16 in
William DanielsHelmut Lang, 2020oil on board33 x 26 cm
12 15/16 x 10 3/16 in
William DanielsNew Look, 2020oil on board38.5 x 31 cm
15 2/16 x 12 3/16 in
William DanielsFoot B, 2019oil on board31 x 27 cm
12 3/16 x 10 10/16 in
William DanielsLudwig Richter on his way to work, 2019oil on board34.5 x 30.5 cm
13 9/16 x 12 1/16 in
William DanielsB for Larry, 2019oil on board36.4 x 28 cm
14 5/16 x 11 1/16 in
William DanielsFoot A, 2019oil on board31.9 x 26.3 cm
12 8/16 x 10 5/16 in
William DanielsThe Sheperd, 2019oil on board34 x 29 cm
13 6/16 x 11 6/16 in
Georg Baselitz, Rashid Johnson, William DanielsGroup show 18.01 - 7.03.2020 The Warehouse | Zaventem | BelgiumGeorg Baselitz became known for his figurative, expressive paintings and sculptures in the 80s. His expressionistic mark-making is characterised by bold colors, forceful brushstrokes, and the incorporation of folkloric or archetypal subject matter. “I begin with an idea, but as I work, the picture takes over. Then there is the...
ARCO Madrid 202020.02 - 1.03.2020ARCOmadrid is the international meeting point for exchange between Europe and Latin America. The fair enjoys the distinction of having been the first fair in the world to incorporate the voices of contemporary art professionals, thus consolidating it as a point of meeting, exchange and essential knowledge for critics, institution directors and other professionals. Attendance by collectors and other players linked to art makes it possible to offer an intense programme and makes the fair a hub for the discovery of new talents.