Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland
Poltergeist Series
epoxy, paper on wood

21 ins x 17 ea. ins

Estimate: $3600
Price Realised: $6000

Art With Heart Auction
Date of Auction: 10/16/2007
Lot 13

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“I didn’t set out to become Mr. Canada Guy… Certain threads just weren’t being explored, so I went there. Probably half of what I do relates to Canada in some way.”

Vancouver-based designer, best-selling author and renowned multi-media artist Douglas Coupland is known for creating works that combine Canadian iconography with modern technologies and observations of contemporary society. The works presented in his 2010 exhibition, G72K10, explored themes of national identity with digital renderings of Group of Seven landscapes, including Electric Lismer Landscape. “The landscapes I do are abstractions of seminal Group of Seven images. These are the images that the Canadian government officially used…to inculcate a sense of nationalism… So when Canadians see my abstract works, they know they know what they’re seeing – they just don’t know why…” By digitally re-creating these quintessentially Canadian paintings, Coupland investigates the ways in which technology can alter our perception of cultural identity.

Coupland is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, as well as the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Sapporo, Japan and the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy. He was recently appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and his first major career survey exhibition is currently on view at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Coupland, Douglas. Douglas Coupland in Conversation with Michelle Jacques, 2012,

Birth Location:
Baden-Soellingen, Germany

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