Danielle Eubank’s work occupies the liminal space between abstraction and representation, actively seeking out the tipping point between the conceptual and visible in her subject of choice: water. She considers the forms created by ripples in a pond or the lines of receding waves a foundation for deconstruction. From this point of departure, she creates patterns within patterns, representing vertical stacks of rhythms in her physical subject matter. Eubank’s work also highlights questions of proximity that brings the subject right up to the surface of the canvas, almost into the viewer’s space. By layering the paint with broad brushstrokes, she invites the viewer to appreciate the physical, painterly qualities that form the depth of that experience.
Through the theme of water, Eubank is also highlighting the consequences of the human footprint on landscapes all over the world. Destruction surrounds many sites where she works, and her paintings can feature such items as cigarette butts, oil slicks, and cans. The artist explains, “Looking for formal value is my way of coping with the destruction.”
Danielle Eubank is both a studio painter and an expedition artist. Her travels include sailing aboard the barkentine tall ship, The Antigua, on an art and science expedition to the High Arctic; serving as Expedition Artist on the Phoenicia, a replica of a 600 B.C.E. Phoenician vessel, that sailed from the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal, around Africa and back into the Mediterranean; serving as Expedition Artist on The Borobudur Ship, a replica of an 8th century Indonesian wooden boat that sailed 1,000 miles around the African continent; and work as an artist-in-residence in Bali in 2005. Eubank has also worked as a commissioned artist, producing portraits for Standard Chartered Bank and for the Naval and Military Club in London, as well producing commissions for many private individuals. Since 2011, she has painted the Henley Royal Regatta. A short documentary film about her work, Mozambique VI, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2012; and, in 2014-15, she was a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Eubank exhibits widely in The United States and The United Kingdom, as well as Europe and Asia. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.