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Donald W. VanAuken

Augusta, MI

The world that I am creating with my work has a theatrical quality, where iconography and graphic imagery substitute props and actors. However, the stage is intangible and the dialogue is in a constant state of flux. The major influences of this work are from pop cultural imagery and medieval painting. I've always been attracted to the epic narratives, symbolism, and attention to detail. It is interesting to me that some academics have devoted their careers to decoding medieval paintings and that there exists a timeless, eternal interest in their narratives. Medieval paintings seem to develop new meanings when viewed today and yet they had a very specific function during the time of their making. This is how I want my work to operate and how I believe in many instances contemporary art does not. I invite the viewer to enter this place where the absurd, whimsical and dark dream begins to lift and the solid fog where no one was able to see dissipates.

Donald W.'s ArtPrize Entries

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    Goomyland Mini Golf

    2013 ArtPrize Entry Donald W. VanAuken
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    Through The Trees

    2012 ArtPrize Entry Donald W. VanAuken
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Donald W.'s Past Work

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