Sinister yet beautiful, the work of contemporary artist Dan Baldwin work addresses big ideas: from the political to the religious, from innocence to experience, Baldwins fierce aesthetic is no wallflower.
For Lost Souls II Baldwin dispenses with the convention of the focal point. Instead, he splashes fragmented images across the print in a composition of controlled chaos: a cartoon character over here and a steam train over there; drips of pigment splattered here, a plastic doll hanging there, even a tiny golden hand grenade, hovering in print-space. "It's about movement, form and feeling" Baldwin says, and you can feel it: a translation of the musical into the visual, for a work of pure emotive expression.
Size (cm): 50.1 x 51.8
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 100
Size (cm): 50.1 x 51.8
Image Size (cm): 38 x 38
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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.