Dan lives and works in London, making art for himself and exhibitions and galleries, and has collaborated on projects with others such as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, The Folio Society publishers, rock bands Architects and Royal Blood, and created the opening titles to BBC1's major 6-part drama 'Requiem'. Dan runs his own gallery in Walthamstow, London, and has held solo and group shows in Saatchi Gallery in London, The Louvre in Paris, Glastonbury Festival and the Museum of Turin, Italy. In 2015 Dan was invited to represent Great Britain at the Giant Creator Show in Beijing, China.
My work is made by collaging, layering, and manipulating elements of 1800s wood and steel engravings, using digital media and my own drawing, to create work that reflects my love of the source material I work from, the natural world, various ancient mystery traditions, and the ever-unfolding and often mystical experience of being alive in a world that is apparently material, immaterial, and prone to all manner of interesting archetypal expressions and wonderments.
Collage and the manipulation of pre-existing imagery is a method of working that I find compelling, satisfying and often surprising. The process of moving from found imagery, through various permutations of trial and error and association between the chosen elements, allows a freedom of play and exploration that feels endless, despite its seeming inbuilt limitation.
The final image I make is produced as a screen print, which I’ll often apply gold leaf to, and then draw forms and patterns into this. I tend to let the making process find its own way to resolution whilst maintaining a reasonable control over the core subject of the picture, as the combined elements and direction of the piece make way for something previously unknown or unexpected to come through.