Douglas White


Portraits of my Father as a Horseshoe Bat
16.06.2017 > 20.07.2017

Valerie Bach Gallery is pleased to present Douglas White's first solo exhibition in Brussels. The gallery had already presented the work of this English artist during the collective exhibition "Force of Nature" curated by James Putnam in 2016 and on its booth at the Drawing Now Contemporary Drawing Fair in Paris (March 2017).

Douglas White graduated from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (2000) and the Royal College of Art in London (2005). His work has been exhibited in United Kingdom but also in Europe, United States and South America. His work is part of many collections: David Roberts Art Foundation, Saatchi Collection, Frank Cohen, Cass Sculpture Foundation…

Known for his evocative use of found objects and materials, he culls the detritus of our society to transform them, compulsively, into uncanny, often monumental sculptures. Driven by a fascination with discarded and overlooked materials and "finding something magical within everyday"; his practice is intuitive. He assembles elements as diverse as blown-out truck tyres, half-decayed cactus.

The materials are often subject to violent transformations, revealing inner or unexpected surfaces, structures.

This exhibition, entitled "Portraits of my Father as a Horseshoe Bat", brings together several series: such as bats reconstituted from dried bananas and false furs. An intimate and personal reflection of the artist on mourning. An ox emerges from a pile of cactus pieces, owls appear on the surface of a light box and octopus leave their imprint on blotting paper. Like an alchemist, the artist transforms the found objects to give them a new form, a new life and the spectator can only marvel at his ingenuity.