Douglas Coupland is one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists, writers and thinkers. Through diverse media ranging from LEGO to found materials, painting to installation, he explores issues that affect us all: the 21st-century condition, Canadian cultural identity, the power of language and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life.
Born in Baden-Soellingen, Germany, the Vancouver artist studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Vancouver), the Hokkaido College of Art and Design (Japan) and the Sapporo Istituto Europeo di Design (Milan, Italy). His work can be found in numerous public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum (Calgary), Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston), Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), among others. Notable public art commissions include Digital Orca, a “pixellated” sculpture of a jumping whale (Vancouver) and Monument to the War of 1812 (Toronto), which enlarges toy soldiers to monumental scale. In December 2013, Coupland was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 2014 the Vancouver Art Gallery held the first major survey of his art, which travelled to the Royal Ontario Museum and MOCCA in Toronto. His most recent institutional exhibitions took place in Rotterdam, Munich, and Saint Petersburg. In 2016, Polychrome took place at the Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto, where he is represented.