Artist Biography - Dan Baldwin
British artist Dan Baldwin bridges the gap between abstract and figurative painting to create a landscape that simultaneously reflects reality, the power of the imagination and the private, inner workings of his mind. His style has a unique aesthetic which is difficult to categorize. Working by instinct, it can change dramatically depending on the subject matter he is exploring... and the emotions he is channeling.
The organic spontaneity of Dan Baldwin’s canvases is tempered by his careful composition of two and three dimensional elements. Twenty years of experience is evident in his masterful ability to shape, contain and simplify complexity. His integration of mixed media found objects (knives, crucifixes, bullets, bank notes and razor blades) over screen prints, acrylic and spray paint adds depth, clarity and balance. Despite the difference in medium, his creative process when working with ceramics is similar in its unabashed candor.
Amidst the edgy brushstrokes and sinister themes, symbolism proliferates in Baldwin’s work. From children’s storybook illustrations and images of war to skate graphics and Vanitas, each viewer develops a highly personal response to what they see. The relationship that has been observed between Baldwin and the still life painters of seventeenth century Holland stems from his use of such symbols of life, death and mortality as the flower, the skull, the bird and rotting fruit. Baldwin recontextualizes these symbols, however, making them relevant for modern audiences. The work is multi-layered, both physically - as he uses glazes, diamond dust,collage and 3D media on top of his silkscreen surface - and in layered in meaning.
Dan Baldwin was born in Manchester in 1972. He studied communication media at Eastbourne College of Art and Design with commendation and received his BA with honors in communication media and illustration from Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone. He lived in Brighton for twelve years and currently resides in the West Sussex countryside.
In 2004, Baldwin started making cermaic pots after he doodled on a vase from a pound shop with a marker pen. This sparked his ‘Evil n Sick’ series of ceramics. His goal was to create a pots which mimicked his paintings, so he embraced new paints, glazes and firing techniques.
Baldwin’s superlative technique and conceptual brilliance position him at the forefront of the new Young British Artist movement. His work is internationally celebrated, championed and collected by an exclusive clientele - working with brands as diverse as Max Factor and Paolo Nutini. He is also published by CCA galleries and his art is owned by Sir Ronald Cohen,Bernie & Petra Ecclestone, and Damien Hirst, among many others.Dan Baldwin has exhibited his paintings, prints and ceramics around the world.
He has enjoyed a stream of critically lauded sell-out solo shows and presented his work in art fairs in Basel, Miami, L.A, Tokyo, San Francisco, London and New York. Baldwin has become a solid fixture at auction houses in recent years. He set a record at Bonhams in February, 2008 when his piece Apocalypse Wow – The End of Everything sold for over £25,000. Select publications featuring Baldwin and his work include Vogue, ELLE,I.D., Flair, The New Order, Art of England, Aesthetica, Style, Dazed and Confused, Modern Painters and Living Etc.