Overview

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 as divers as European paintings or shoe adverts.

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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.

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