Sinister yet beautiful, the work of contemporary artist Dan Baldwin addresses big ideas: from the political to the religious, from innocence to experience, Baldwin’s fierce aesthetic is no wallflower. A modern take on object trouvé, Baldwin explores the use of the ‘real’ in his work. In the past, he has incorporated fragments of Iraqi and American currency, vintage crucifixes, and real bullets to press on the fine line between art and reality.
Blending the abstract with the figurative, Baldwin’s work sits at the intersection of reality and fantasy. Frequently recurring motifs – from skeletons to swallows, flowers to firearms, crucifixes to cartoon characters – are often contradictory, juxtaposed to create an uncomfortable visual paradox.
Today, Baldwin's work is well-known as a collectable sensation and is exhibited across the world. He has worked with a range of global brands, from Max Factor to Paolo Nutini, and his work is owned by a number of notable collectors including Damien Hirst.