"This most recent body of work was created in a new political climate of change and uncertainty, comments Baldwin. “I decided to include themes from my most recent collections 'To the Forest' and 'Escape' - the combination of lost children and forests, themes of refuge and migration, mixed with conflict and a dark dreamlike restlessness. In this uncertain new time I choose not to spell out the obvious, preferring to flirt with themes in the air, absorbing and translating elements of what is current, whilst remaining non judgmental. Re- contextualising them for a modern audience and shifting with the times, these new works reflect an opportunity to experiment further with my love of colour and texture."
Whether he’s working on canvas or in ceramics, the intense dystopian visions of Dan Baldwin’s fervent and witty imagination overwhelm the viewer in a kitsch, multi-faceted universe populated by skulls, pre-teens, spacecraft, commercial iconography, guns, flags, beetles... pretty much everything you can imagine. Baldwin came from the same abrasive two-fingered salute school as his peers, such as Banksy, Tracey Emin and The Chapman Brothers–key members of the YBA movement–and over the last decade, he has quietly garnered a reputation to match, becoming an established figure in the art world who has exhibited globally.
“Looking at Dan’s work is like meeting old friends for me. It looks as though at some point in our careers we used the same casting agency. I am flattered that Dan writes that he was influenced by my work. It’s fascinating to see Mickey and all the chaps used in a newer different way, and I have really enjoyed his work.” Sir Peter Blake
Born in Manchester in 1972, Dan initially studied at Eastbourne College of Art before completing a BA in Illustration from the Kent Institute of Art. He has since gone on to become one of the most prominent artists working in the UK today, with his multi-dimensional and ethereal work found in prominent international collections and institutions around the world. Previously citing Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George and Peter Blake as his key influences, it is these same artists who collect Baldwin’s work and now credit him as a key artist and influencer of his generation.