UK: born 1976
William Daniels' small but perfectly formed canvases are still life renditions of maquettes constructed of materials such as card, tape, paper and aluminium foil.
These models are in themselves representations of fine art classics, loosely rendered, but still recognisable.
Daniels then sets about recording these tableaux in paint, faithfully reproducing each tear or fold in minute detail.
Playing with notions of permanence, reproduction and value, Daniels' initial act of reducing masterpieces to clumsy assemblages may appear iconoclastic, but the dazzling figurative technique he employs simultaneously reaffirms the academic principles underpinning the works he references.
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