This oil painting, part of a series, is based on a photograph taken by the artist of a screen-printed T-shirt that has been folded and twisted—warping the printed imagery. To create the image on the clothing, the artist frequently airbrushes a painting and then silk-screens it onto a T-shirt. The twisted fabric is then digitally photographed and manipulated by Douglas. The artist then transfers the digital image to a canvas using sign-painting techniques, creating a photorealistic composition. The final work is a layered record of all the image-making processes that the artist employed.
The artist draws from a range of images for this series—including Disney and anime characters, race car drivers’ sponsorship logos, and the graphics of gothic, punk and metal. In each composition, Douglas examines the relationship between advertising and identity—as well as the cyclical nature of producing and consuming mass-marketed images.
Eliza Douglas’ oil paintings explore warped and abstract imagery borrowed from: Disney and anime characters; race-car drivers’ sponsorship logos; and gothic, punk and metal graphics. The artist uses self-created digital reference photographs, transferring these images onto canvases with techniques used in sign painting. Douglas’ work examines the relationship between advertising and identity, including the cyclical nature of producing and consuming mass-marketed images.
Eliza Douglas was born in New York City in 1984. The artist completed the graduate program at Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany and received an undergraduate degree at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Solo exhibitions of Douglas’ work have taken place at: the Jewish Museum in New York City; the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin, Germany; Air de Paris in France; Galerie Buchholz in New York City; Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden, Germany; and Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany.
An installation of Douglas’ paintings was featured in Nature Mortes at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France. The artist’s work has also been included in exhibitions at the Foundation Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, France; the Castello di Rivoli in Italy; and the Tate Modern in London, UK. Douglas’ work was also included in The Vitalist Economy of Painting, curated by Isabelle Graw at Galerie Neu in Berlin, Germany.
Douglas lives and works in New York City and Berlin, Germany.
This oil painting is based on a photograph taken by the artist of a twisted T-shirt with screen-printed imagery. This image is then painted by hand in oil on canvas creating a photorealistic composition—one that serves as a layered record of many image-making processes.More