Douglas Coupland emerged in the 1990’s as a writer and artist seeking to capture the voice of a generation whose lives mimicked the rootless desire to both embrace and deflect the enticements of “career success and consumer culture”.
Over the years, Coupland has continued to create works that reference pop culture, in particular the effects of technology as it revolutionizes, for good and bad, our human world. Widely viewed as 'one of the most original commentators on mass culture of the late 20th and 21st century', Coupland's work reflects not only his artistic vision accompanied by his training in design, but also the legacy of pop art and Canadian identity en masse.
Coupland’s art works incorporate a variety of mediums such as prints, sculpture, paintings, and public installations which reflect his training in design and embrace the ongoing influence of pop-art on his creations. When asked to speak about his work, Coupland has been quoted as saying that “the way my brain is wired, words and objects are almost exactly equal”, referencing his continued commitment to create impactful works that encourage the viewer, and reader, to engage through the entirety of their senses.
Douglas Coupland is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, an Officer of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of British Columbia, a Chevalier de l”Ordre des Arts des Lettres, and a receiver of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence. Douglas Coupland continues to work and live in Vancouver, B.C.