Over the last decade, Barry Doupé has produced an acclaimed body of hand-drawn and computer-generated animated films. Shaped in part by experimental writing and drawing exercises, Doupé’s films are often characterized by fragmented and porous narrative structures, richly textured characters and surreal everyday situations. The artist has recently produced a series of digital drawings and animations using software developed for the Commodore Amiga, a computer that was first introduced in the mid- eighties and became the industry standard for graphics and animation. The resulting works revel in the capacities of this early technology to evoke both strange and nostalgic visual effects.
Born in Victoria in 1982, Doupé holds a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver. His films have been screened nationally and internationally at festivals and venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon; Pleasure Dome, Toronto; MOCCA, Toronto; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London. Recent exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Western Front, Vancouver, and Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.