Edition Size: 75
Image Size: 810 x 810mm
Paper Size: 1020 x 990mm
Cyclone signed limited edition silkscreen print with embossing, gold leaf, diamond dust and collaged elements by reowned British contemporary artist Dan Baldwin.
Cyclone is a signature piece by Dan Baldwin featuring the themes and imagery for which this young British artist has become renowned. Baldwin states that his work is ‘about the fine line between the sinister and the beautiful’ it as at once joyful and profound. The universal themes that he tackles in cyclone include love and death, the brutality and beauty of nature and decay, religion and liberty. Found images and objects are combined with swathes of colour, graffiti-like markings, diagrams and drawings (reflecting Baldwin’s training as an illustrator) creating a melee of colour, movement and visual diversity against a black backdrop. This powerful image is centred around a golden knife, which sports a single drop of scarlet blood; representative of violence and passion. Overall Cyclone is a memento mori; a reminder of the brevity and ephemeral nature of life, as delicate as a butterfly or bird’s wing.
Dan Baldwin’s busy prints are a clash of colour and symbol. The Manchester-born artist draws on pop art and collage as well as the older Dutch-style painting of the seventeenth century. Motifs like the flower, the skull, the bird and rotting fruit were recognisable symbols of life, death and mortality in their day. What Dan aims to do is revitalise these symbols for a contemporary audience. We love the hyper-modern look that the artist achieves through his layers of paint and multimedia.
Dan trained at Eastbourne College of Art, continuing his studies thereafter at Kent Institute of Art. Over the course of his career, Dan has exhibited a number of sold-out solo shows in London and the US. In 2008, Dan’s ‘Apocalypse Wow – The End of Everything’ sold at Bonhams for over £25, 000.
The artist’s work is in the permanent collections of The Groucho Club and Café Royal. Individual collectors of his work include Sir Ronald Cohen, Bernie Ecclestone and Damien Hirst. Dan is also known for his collaborations with Max Factor, Sara Berman and Paolo Nutini.