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.
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 re-contextualises these symbols, however, making them relevant for modern audiences.
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.
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 includeVogue, ELLE, I.D., Flair, The New Order, Art of England, Aesthetica, Style, Dazed and Confused, Modern Painters and Living Etc.