Daniel Douke

Side View

Front view
Daniel Douke
Acrylic on canvas, 2015
8 x 4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Peter Mendenhall Gallery
Value: $6,000
Starting bid: $3,000

The work of California painter Daniel Douke is a contemporary take on the age-old artistic theme of illusion versus reality. Since 1976 he has crafted uncannily convincing recreations of mundane objects such as mail packages, drink cartons, and cereal boxes. Often viewers assume that they are found objects that have been slightly manipulated by the artist when they were in fact wholly made by him, using traditional artistic materials. The result challenges our belief in the truth of our perceptions and invites us to think more about the given object than we would if it were “real.”

In Listen, Douke indulges his penchant for extreme attention to detail in the replication of the packaging for an iPhone. The close imitation of reality, desire to depict an alternate reality, and touch of humor show Douke merging Pop Art, Minimalism, and a kind of sculptural Photorealism in a manner wholly his own.


Selected collections
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Selected exhibitions
Faux Real, Laguna Art Museum
Secrets & Lies, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
Daniel Douke: Bytes of Reality, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento


Unsold works from Art Auction 2016: California Cool are now available at the minimum bid price, which is 50% of the stated value. Works can be viewed and purchased in person at Laguna Art Museum Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 14 (the museum is closed Wednesday, February 10).

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