Contemporary artist Dan Baldwin is at the forefront of the Young British Artist movement. Coming from the same abrasive, two-fingered salute school of peers Banksy, Tracey Emin and The Chapman Brothers, over the last decade he has quietly built a reputation to match. Today, Baldwin is an established figure in the art world, exhibiting globally.
Dan Baldwin is an art investment favourite, and has an extremely passionate following. Celebrity collectors include Bernie Ecclestone, Sir Ronald Cohen, Jake Chapman and Jo Whiley among others. Influential artists Damien Hirst, Gilbert & George and Peter Blake also collect Baldwin’s work and credit him as a key influencer of his generation. In addition, his work is found in prominent collections and institutions around the world.
“Looking at Dan’s work is like meeting old friends for me,” Sir Peter Blake once said. “It’s fascinating to see Mickey and all the chaps used in a newer different way.”
If you’re considering a contemporary art investment, it would be wise to buy Dan Baldwin art as an asset. In 2008, his piece Apocalypse Wow – The End of Everything sold for more than £25,000, a price which set a record at the time for Bonham’s first urban art auction.
Here at Maddox Gallery, we are delighted to display Dan Baldwin artwork within our varied collection, We’re very proud to work with one of the very finest talents in British art, and welcome the artist and his work to Maddox Gallery.
Born in Manchester in 1972, Dan Baldwin initially studied at Eastbourne College of Art before completing a BA in Illustration from the Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1990-1996, where he was invited to be studio associate.
He has since gone on to become one of the most prominent artists working in the UK today.
The multi-talented artist is a global favourite at the very pinnacle of the Young British Artists movement, and has previously exhibited with the likes of Damien Hirst, Banksy and Sir Peter Blake.
Dan Baldwin art has been shown around the world and the artist has enjoyed a stream of critically-acclaimed sell-out solo shows in London, Los Angeles and New York. He has also presented his work in art fairs in Basel, London, Miami, Tokyo and New York.
In addition to this, Baldwin’s artworks are constantly being featured in some of the world’s leading magazines. Publications including Vogue, Elle, The New Order, Art of England, Aesthetica, Dazed and Confused, Modern Painters and I.D have all featured his work.
Art is at its best when it evokes passionate feelings and creates controversy, and Dan Baldwin’s art is particularly explosive. Many works offer striking commentaries on politics, current affairs and philosophical matters, and his style is often described as allegorical and dreamlike. Reoccurring topics include life and death, innocence, nostalgia and memory.
Dan Baldwin uses mixed media to create work that is layered both thematically and physically. His practice has incorporated ceramic pots and ceramic tile paintings, bronze sculpture editions and the art of printmaking, mainly silkscreen and etching.
Regardless of the medium he works in, Dan Baldwin’s art overwhelms the viewer in an compliation of intense, witty, kitsch and dystopian imagery. Baldwin has always been an avid collector of vintage books, photography, toys and real found objects, which he incorporates into his work. He uses 3D objects on his canvases, and has cast them in clay to use on ceramics and to create his bronze editions.
Viewers may be prepared for a full rush of anarchistic free play, but find something much more nuanced, restrained and poetic. Through multiple stages of reworking and layering, Baldwin aims to achieve balance and harmony between various iconography and colours. Each canvas becomes taut and explosive, mimicking punk, acid trips and pop art.
“I begin to paint, layering and over painting eliminating what isn’t working, and keeping what does. Works can often take months, sometimes even years to complete. There is no grand plan or vision in my mind, I work until it’s right.”
“Each finished work is an expression of the many paintings that live below the surface.”
Dan Baldwin is one of the most prominent artists working in the UK today, and his works are on show in collections around the world.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Groucho Club, Cafe Royal and House of St Barnabas, Damien Hirst, Sir Ronald Cohen and Jake Chapman. He has also donated art to support numerous charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Teen Cancer America, British Heart Foundation and Peace One Day. Baldwin even collaborated with pop artist Paolo Nutini in 2014 to create the artwork for the singer’s album Scream (Funk My Life Up).
Under the Influence was his first solo show at Maddox Gallery, and it drew the attention of Design Week and Harper’s Bazaar. This body of work reflected on the last decade of Baldwin’s work and also looked forward with a fresh perspective: “Interwoven with the language of past paintings and a new found nostalgia.”
Maddox Gallery also presented Works on Paper by Dan Baldwin in spring 2017. This body of work was created “in a new political climate of change and uncertainty,” and featured “The combination of lost children and forests, themes of refuge and migration, mixed with conflict and a dark dreamlike restlessness.”