On plywood mounted and framed
Acrylic and mixed media
Roulette by Dan Baldwin
Amidst the edgy brushstrokes and sinister themes, symbolism proliferates in Baldwin’s work. From children’s storybook illustrations and images of war to nature & 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.
Born in Manchester , Dan Baldwin studied at Eastbourne College of Art and Design and then Maidstone School of Art,(Kent Institiute of Art and Design). Baldwin’s work is collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.
Baldwin creates 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.
Dan Baldwin studied communication media at Eastbourne College of Art and Design with commendation and an award for best student (90-92).He received his BA with honors in communication media from Kent Institute of Art and Design(92-95/96), Maidstone, where he was awarded commendation and invited to be studio associate the following year. He has enjoyed a stream of sell-out solo shows in London, L.A and NYC and presented his work in Basel, Miami, L.A, Tokyo, San Francisco, London and New York at the Major art fairs. Baldwin set a personal record at Bonhams in February, 2008 when his piece Apocalypse Wow – The End of Everything sold for over £25,000. In 2005, he started to paint pots ,as an extention of his painting practice – in 2011 he started working alongside Siscilian potter Roberto Gagliano , pushing boundaries in clay and 3d cast objects which reflect the mixed media objects of his paintings.Their recent pieces are complex two part ‘urns’ with sculptural lids, cast objects from life & scale of up to 5ft. His pieces have been collected by Liam Howlett, Maxim (The Prodigy),Chris Packham,Gem Archer & Andy Bell (Oasis,Beady Eye),Jo Whiley,Petra Ecclestone,Holly Willoughby,Ant Mcpartlin,Sir Ronald Cohen,Max Lousada,Nick Candy,Shepard Fairey, Alison Mosshart, Gavin Bond & Jake Chapman.
He has worked with brands as diverse as Atomic Skis,Max factor, Sara Berman,thisisalimitededition.com and recently Paolo Nutini on his no.1 album of 2014. In July 2011 he featured on the cover of Art Of England magazine.Voted critics choice on Saatchi online in 2008 and selected to be on episode 5 of the first ever series of The Apprentice alongside Rob and Nicky Carter.He is in the permanent collection of the Groucho club ,The Wellington and Cafe Royal. From 2013/2014 he was managed by Pat Magnarella & Roger Klein, who manage the US rock band Green Day & also managed D.Face ,& Charming Baker – They presented two successful pop up exhibitions, ‘Fragile’ in Gallery 8, St james, London & The End of Innocence, in NYC’s Meatpacking district. He has donated pieces to a number of charities since 2003, including Teen Cancer USA,Redcross,Rainforest Foundation,Kennesaw Skatepark,Big Issue,Willow, Macmillan,Shelter,Murray Parish, SMart-network,Chesnut Tree House Childrens Hospices,and supports the Teenage Cancer Trust and British Heart Foundation currently.