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.
- Georg Baslitz, Rashid Johnson & William Daniels, The Warehouse by MARUANI MERCIER, Belgium
- I Cheer A Dead Man’s Sweetheart, De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill on Sea, UK
- Vilma Gold, London
- LA Figurazione Inevitable (Inevitable Figurations) curated by Marco Bazzini and Davide Ferri, Centro per l’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
- Luhring Augustine, New York
- Pale Ontology, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
- The Piano Lesson, Vilma Gold, London
- Testing Ground 2011 | Time Scale, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London
- Durchsichtige Dinge (Transparent Things), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg