I re-configure found images into ambiguous narratives that often refer to the original source, but mess around with the message. Visually I respond to the operatic shimmer, sparkle and complexity—the grandly narrated spectacle—that is the history of western art. I want to continue that high key drama in my work.
I’m tethered to the possible of the story within the fragment. I play with symbols and metaphors from art history, language, and religion to create new images that are strongly representational, with an attention to precise cutting and visual consistency, and a nod toward absurd meaning..
"An unbridled romp through history" -- Michael Weinstein, New City
"Doug Stapleton’s cover art is a departure for us – odd, quirky, powerful, polarizing. It has motion and strength, like the best poetry ..."
~Jan Bottiglieri (Managing Editor: RHINO Poetry Journal) commenting on the cover image used for the 2011 edition.
" His collages express both a lighter and darker ironic spirit that keeps its sense of mystery alive with nostalgia for the erotic and expressive freedom of the body as it existed in ancient times." --Diane Thodos, NeotericART
"Stapleton presents another way the story of humanity can be told—by gathering elements of reality and applying them where we think they belong. -- Sarah Nardi, Chicago Reader