Doug Stapleton is an American artist, curator and educator, best known for his collage artworks. He cuts images, mostly from art books, and later he combines those with contemporary imagery, setting up different narratives.
In 1989, Stapleton received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Anthropology from University of Delaware (with a minor concentration in Art History and Ceramics). Currently, he is an Assistant Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery and an adjunct faculty in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago.
Stapleton is a former Artistic Associate with the Chicago based contemporary dance company The Seldoms where he worked as a dramaturge as well as a performer.
Stapleton has a formalist eye he uses to create very suggestive narratives with his collages. His works are loaded with both symbolic elements of contrast and unifying chaos. These figurative collages visually respond to a drama of classic and western art history, sometimes creating surreal juxtapositions of past and present moments.
Doug reconfigures images he found striking into new stories that only refer to the source, but creating fresh and original message. His background in anthropology and art history helps him construct these collages.
He is represented by Matthew Rachman Gallery.
Image copyright © the artist
|2015||Folktales & Legends||John Michael Kohler Arts Center||Solo|
|2015||Brink||Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago||Group|
|2014||Like This||Jennifer Norback Fine Art, Chicago||Duo|
|2014||Collage||Fotofever, Boicos Fine Art, Paris||Solo|
|2014||Poseidon||Chris Boicos Fine Art, Paxos, Greece||Group.|
|2014||21st Salon du Collage Contemporain||Les Hauts de Belleville, Paris France||Group|
|2014||A Passing Fancy||Center on Halsted Gallery, Chicago||Solo|
|2014||Tales Tolds||Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati||Group|
|2014||Bodies||North Seattle Community College Art Gallery, Seattle Washington||Group|
|2013||33 x 3||MS Rezny Studio and Gallery, Lexington||Group|
|2013||Love||Merit School of Music, Chicago||Group|
|2013||Paris in Chicago||Beckel Odille Boïcos Gallery, Paris, France||Group|
|2013||In Metamorphosis||Jennifer Norback Gallery, Chicago||Duo|
|2013||The Paper Show||Las Manos Gallery, Chicago||Group|
|2013||Galex 47||Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg||Group|
|2012||It's Time to Look Forward||Eyeporium Gallery, Chicago||Group|
|2012||Optimistic Reconstructions||Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago||Solo|
|2012||The Grand Spectacle||Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago||Solo|
|2012||Limits of Photography||Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago||Solo|
|2011||Surface Tension, A Group Collage Exhibition||Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake||Group|
|2011||Sustainable Books and Paper Art||Brushwood, Ryerson Woods, Deerfield||Group|
|2011||Cut||Evanston Arts Center, Evanston||Group|
|2011||Juxtaposed in its Essence||Elgin Community College Safety Kleen Gallery, Elgin||Solo|