William Daniels’s artistic process involves making a sculptural model out of aluminum foil or cardboard, photographing this model, and then meticulously reproducing it as an oil on board painting. The final painting is several steps removed from its source, but the imagery is still recognizable, therefore his work often occupies a space between abstraction and figuration.
In his a recent body of work exhibited at Luhring Augustine in 2013, Daniels explored the composition of an arch, a structure with practical applications as well as myriad allegorical and romantic associations. Embodying grace and lightness, arches symbolize triumph, transition, and spiritual ascension. Daniels began exploring the arch as a subject in 2011, at first on the small-scale characteristic of his earlier paintings. As his interest in the form developed, he began creating larger works in which he employs the arch as a repetitive motif, both within individual paintings and throughout his new body of work.
William Daniels was born in Brighton in 1976 and currently lives and works in London. He received his bachelor’s degree from Edinburgh College of Art and his master’s degree from Royal College of Art in London. Daniels’s recent exhibitions include I Cheer a Dead Man’s Sweetheart at The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, United Kingdom, Inevitable Figuration at the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Pecci di Prato, Florence, Italy, Durchsichtige Dinge (Transparent Things) at the Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany, Mimesi Permanente, and Fondazione Torino Musei, Torino, and Newspeak: British Art Now at The Saatchi Gallery, London and The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.