Joel Douek

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Where one person might see an imperfection, a fault, another sees beauty. Yet for nature, beauty is not in the eye of the beholder. It is a mysterious and pervasive quality that expresses its own internal striving for survival and betterment, whether observed by humans or not. We see this in a piece of bark or a fractal pattern in the rusting of iron. It doesn't need us. It already has a purpose; but when we find its beauty we can also find and pull on that thread in ourselves to see where it leads.

In much of my work I bring together wondrous natural woods and metals. They appear to contrast starkly. The metal is brutally hard, melted, and molded by powerful man-made machines. However, metal is still natural. Its tendency to rust is an expression of vulnerability but also the way it blooms into color as rich as a flower. The ever-present forces of entropy are always giving and always taking. They sing the eternal song of change. Once these colors show themselves, either through time or a gentle nudge, I often apply gold as a symbol of enduring permanence in all this entropic chaos; a constant, to radiate and illuminate.

I create this art so you might see yourself reflected in the beauty, the change and the permanence that are the essence of nature. To remind us that we are part of it, playing with it, destroying it then nurturing it back to life. As many contradictions as a species can bear. Where our role as people is acutely undefined, even as we tell our story.

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Meander II, 2022

Oxidized Copper, 18K Gold Leaf, Resin

24" x 24"

$4000

Meander, 2022

Oxidized Copper, 18K Gold Leaf, Resin

24" x 24"

$4000

Above & Beyond, 2021

Oxidized Steel, Red Patina, Resin

24" x 36"

$5500

Wave, 2019

Oxidized Copper, 18K Gold Leaf, Resin

40 x 12" x 4"

$4000

Icarus, 2022

Oxidized Steel, Red Patina, Resin

24" x 36"

$5500

Heartbeat, 2022

Oxidized Steel, 24K Gold Leaf, Red Patina, Resin

36" x 60"

$8500

Expansion, 2020

Oxidized Steel, 24K Gold Leaf, Resin

30" x 70"

$9500

Falling Tree, 2022

Oxidized Copper, Resin

23" x 18"

$3000

Fissure, 2022

Oxidized Copper, Resin

36" x 60"

$11500

Great Rising, 2022

Oxidized Steel, White Gold, White Patina, Resin

24" x 60"

$7500

It’s Okay to Cry, 2020

Oxidized Copper, 18K Gold Leaf, Resin

50 x 12" x 12"

$12150

Shy Cat, 2019

Oxidized Steel, 18K Gold Leaf, Resin

54 x 10" x 10"

$5000

Spring, Resin, 2019

Brass Plate, 24K Gold Leaf, Solvent Dyes, Resin

22.5 x 18" x 4"

$4500

Three Views of Bliss, 2020

Painted Wood, Colored Resin, Gold Leaf

16" x 48"

$3750

Whirl, 2021

Oxidized Copper, 18K Gold Leaf, Resin

56 x 16" x 16"

$12500

Blossom, 2019

Oxidized Steel, 24K Gold Leaf, Gold Powder, Resin

24" x 38.5"

$3500