Irony, whimsy color Juneau artist's masterful take on masterpieces
March 07, 2006
Twice Told Tales: Daniel DeRoux Solo Exhibition
On view March 19 to April 30, 2006
Opening reception Sunday, March 19 at 1 p.m. Juneau artist Daniel DeRoux's gentle sense of humor permeates his whimsical and innovative paintings. Renowned for superimposing Alaska stories and other ideas on his own rendition of classical works, DeRoux names his style "neo-iconic" because of this new treatment of classical art, historical and Alaskan icons. Each of his artworks tells a story-about other paintings, Native American history and more, while revealing multiple levels and symbols.Often raising more questions than they answer, DeRoux's works invite the viewer to puzzle at them in wonder and amusement. Irony is a significant part of DeRoux's artist's palette. InThe Doge's First Potlatch, inspired by the Michelangelo'sTemptation and Expulsion mural in the Sistine Chapel, the artist depicts Venetians coming to Alaska in gondolas. In the painting, Tlinglit people welcome the foreigners by erecting a totem pole and offering gifts. The Venetians, considering themselves superior and more advanced, spurn the gifts and claim discovery of a civilization that had been around for 1,000 years.DeRoux's pieces often challenge as well as delight, as in his painting titledLittle Lulu In the Garden, also influenced byTemptation and Expulsion. In DeRoux's version, Eve is cartoon character Little LuLu. DeRoux substitutes Eve's serpent with Tzonoqwa, a serpent-giant spirit of the Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl) people of British Columbia. DeRoux's imaginative works hang in the collections of all major museums in the state.He has won awards in national and international competitions, including a gold medal for "Most Accomplished Artist" in the Los Angeles International Art Competition. Solo exhibitions include the Czar's Summer Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Alaska State Museum. This is his first solo exhibition at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. For more information, call 343-4326. Follow this link for a look at DeRoux's work.