Associate founder of Mülheimer Freiheit and a former student of the University of Frankfurt, Dokoupil has exhibited works in Berlin, Seoul and Paris, displaying his array of early artistic influences. It was after the founding of Mulheime Freiheit, an artistic group known for their expressive, non-traditionalist styles, that Dokoupil exhibited his initial solo oeuvre.
His subsequent works have experimented and reinvented older painting styles and are animated in their execution; his style can be described as striking and captivating, more than evident in his most recent exhibition, New Paintings.
Featuring an array of canvases which exhibit Dokoupil’s experimental style and his usage of chemical processes, the recent New Paintings are truly absorbing works. Created using soap-lye and extremely bold pigments upon a blank canvas, a swarm of jellyfish-shaped swirls and patterns intertwine and tightly flock together in the exhibition space.
There is an intricate juxtaposition of bright pinks and vivid blues with bold greens and neon yellows, that stand out captivatingly on each of the canvases. It in is the stark contrast between the black or white backgrounds and the vivid pigments that we get a conspicuous revelation of the artist’s neo-expressive, non-traditionalist standpoint.
Dokoupil’s many fascinatingly idiosyncratic opuses have been exhibited at the Horsens Kunstmuseum in Denmark and the Migros Museum in Zurich. His works are also featured in the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, and the Société General Collection, Paris.
His recent New Paintings has been exhibited at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, alongside contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol and Walton Ford; with its truly impressive aesthetics it is perfectly positioned amongst the sheer vibrancy of their modern works.
By Sophia Francis