Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland
April 2019
Vancouver, Canada
Photo Credit: Ken Mayer Studio
@Douglas Coupland/CMYK

Born in 1961 in Baden Söllingen (Rheinmünster, Germany)
Lives and works in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)

Douglas Coupland’s creative achievements reach beyond the visual arts scene. A prolific writer, Coupland publishes thirteen novels during his career and is also the author of several nonfiction works, journalistic pieces, and screenplays. His artistic practice reflects a profound interest in technology and its visual iterations, and incorporates pop art influences through a distinctly graphic style. Coupland pursues his studies at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver and at the Hokkaido College of Art and Design in Japan. Recently, his work has been the subject of two major retrospectives at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto) and at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam). 

The rows of identical Lego® block houses hark back to Coupland’s youth in the 1970s and to the one lego kit he had as a child: model no. 345, which is then sold under the name “Modern House”. Meticulously aligned, the 100 plastic miniatures present the suburban expanse of cities in the post-war era through a dystopian lens. Coupland’s work sheds light on both the physical uniformity of North American neighborhoods and the cultural homogeneity of its society. 345 Modern Houses also bears testament to the artist’s personal and ongoing investment in the collection of everyday objects.


Douglas Coupland, 345 Modern Houses, 2014, Lego, resin, 4" x 120" x 90" (10,16 x 304,8 x 228,6 cm). Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art