TV Eyes and Happy Happy is a signed limited edition silkscreen diptych with gold leaf, diamond dust and glazes by YBA (Young British Artist) Dan Baldwin.
TV Eyes and Happy Happy were originally conceived as two separate works. Happy accident placed them side by side in Dan Baldwin’s studio, where he began to consider them both in a new light.
After some reworking, the right side of the complex, figurative TV Eyes flows seamlessly into the abstract Happy Happy.
Happy Happy, an experiment in form and colour, also plays with the ideas of art as therapy, and how chance can be incorporated into art. Ink was dripped from pipettes to create a wonky set of grid lines. Baldwin then filled each of the 1829 blank areas in the grid with one of 100 colour tones.
‘You realise that an experiment in randomness is not possible. As an artist you are making instinctive decisions - maybe subconsciously - all the time; which colour should sit next to another and so on. There is a satisfaction in being liberated from figurative composition, being free to balance colour and form only. Once the work was completed I found it really hard to drag my eyes away from it; there is something mesmerising about 100 colours competing with each other and merging together. It reminded me of when you stare at a television screen and your eyes go off into pixelated abstraction.’ – Dan Baldwin
TV Eyes is more narrative and political. Concerns around TV culture and its effect on young imaginations, its power as a tool for spreading information, and its ability to hypnotise, are reflected here in a psychedelic collage of colour and images.
In diptych with Happy Happy, TV Eyes dissolves into an abstract collection of pixels, and jumble of meaningless – yet comforting – squares of colour and tone.
TV Eyes and Happy Happy are available together in a limited edition on 100, and can also be purchased individually.
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 100
Size (cm): 97 x 102
Image Size (cm): 75.5 x 75.5
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About the artist
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.
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