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William Blake II
William Daniels
William Blake II

2006

Oil on board

33.3 x 26 cm
Based on Thomas Phillip’s 1807 portrait, William Blake II is uncanny in its decrepit, post-apocalyptic semblance. Exchanging the rich warm hues of Georgian parlour painting for the ashen greys of his recycled study, William Daniels revives his art historical subject as a zombie-like effigy, an homage to a hero that’s both futuristic and decayed. Through Daniels’s concentrated process of working from constructed models, William Blake II resounds with a heightened sense of the presence of the subject before the artist, bringing to light issues of originality, authenticity, and the malleability of documentation.
The Shipwreck
William Daniels
The Shipwreck

2005

Oil on board

30 x 40 cm
In their rustic aesthetic and exaggerated spatial rendering, Daniels’s paintings, at first glance, appear to be contemporary explorations of cubism. They are, however, immaculately drafted still-lifes. Daniels begins each piece by making immensely detailed collages: reconstructing well-known art historical paintings from bits of found paper and household products. Using these as maquettes, he then translates each fold, frayed edge, and bevelled texture into highly realistic paintings. The maquette made for The Shipwreck attempts what should be technically impossible: recreating the impressionist brush marks and ethereal light of a Turner painting in a monochrome cardboard structure. Daniels’s small canvas interprets the qualities of the model rather than the original, evolving the scene as a kind of anti-drama, eerily deadened and stilled.
Still Life With Flowers And Curtains
William Daniels
Still Life With Flowers And Curtains

2007

Oil on board

42 x 55 cm
In Still Life With Flowers And Curtains, Daniels reconstructs a 1658 painting by Adriean van der Spelt and Frans van Mieris. Drawing from the traditions of Dutch still life painting where scenes were often developed as composites and given unnaturally dramatic lighting effects, Daniels’s composition originates as an aluminium foil collage. Painting from this model directly, Daniels captures every shimmering wrinkle and dint, rendering their silvery reflections in unwavering detail. “It’s like painting pure light,” says Daniels. “The foil creates expressive ‘brush marks’ and enables me to paint in a certain way that’s removed from being expressive myself.”
Still Life With Relief Chalice, Fruit And Glasses In A Stone Niche II
William Daniels
Still Life With Relief Chalice, Fruit And Glasses In A Stone Niche II

2007

Oil on board

54 x 41.5 cms
Daniels’s paintings from tin foil allude to notions of cultural worth and virtuality: their metallic sheen is reminiscent of religious paintings’ aureate devotion, and their flawless rendering draws from a tradition of hyper-realism set forth in ultra-modern scenes by artists such as Estes. “I like the value aspect of still lifes,” explains Daniels. “Still Life With Relief Chalice, Fruit and Glasses In A Stone Niche II looks like an expensive gold set up but is just silver foil. I think of it as an extension of the vanitas genre. It’s primarily about light – the colour is just coming from the reflections. Painting by its nature is just painting light, or perceptions of light falling on objects. In my work I try to take it a step further; they’re like ‘non-paintings’. It’s more about the perception of them, another layer of language.”






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

William Daniels's BIOGRAPHY

William Daniels
1976
Born in Brighton


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2007
William Daniels, Vilma Gold, London
William Daniels, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

2005
William Daniels, Vilma Gold, London
William Daniels, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2008
M25 Around London, CCA Andratx, Mallorca
Summer show, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Zuordnungsprobleme, Johann Konig, Berlin
Legend, Domaine Departemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France, curated by Alexis Vaillant
Dadadandy Boutique, Artprojx Space, London

2007
At Home at the Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, curated by Mario Testino (forthcoming)
Counterfacture, Luhring Augustine, New York

2006
Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London
William Daniels & Fiona Jardine, Transmission, Glasgow

2005
Waste Material, The Drawing Room, London (cat.)
The Darkest Hour, Leisure Club Mogadishni, Copenhagen
Young Masters, 148a St John Street, London

2004
Death & Magic, Keith Talent Gallery, London
XS, FA Projects, London
Project 1, Alma Enterprises, London

2003
Royal Academy Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London