• Darren Baker

Darren Baker

' I have used Daler-Rowney oil paints and brushes for years, the quality and performance is excellent and allows me to create my pictures of intricate detail'

Darren Baker was born in 1976.

Baker attended Bradford Art College graduating in the summer of 1998. After graduation Darren exhibited in London and at the age of 23 was invited to exhibit his paintings at a UK millennium show in New York. In the same year Baker was appointed official artist of The Professional Footballer's Association (PFA).

Darren went onto produce an impressive art portfolio of contemporary portraits for sports clubs and personalities alike. Having developed a relationship with Huddersfield Town FC, Baker's creativity was stirred into painting a tribute image of ex-player Frank Worthington. Inspired by black and white photographs, Baker produced a portrait painting of one football's great characters. Baker has subsequently worked alongside and produced contemporary paintings for other sporting personalities including: David Ginola, Peter Schmiechel, Henrik Larsson, Prince Naseem, Jonny Wilkinson and PFA Footballer of the Year portraits of John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Teddy Sheringham.

He has been selected by Lloyds Bank to be one of their official Olympic artists for the 2012 games.

Other portraits completed by Darren Baker include HRH Prince Charles for The Princes Trust and Prime Minister Tony Blair which have hung in St James Palace and Downing Street respectively. Darren has also completed contemporary paintings on a range of art subjects including: interiors, portraiture, figurative, equestrian, landscape, and ballet.

However it is Darren Baker's love for the 'still-life' that has started to attract critical praise. International Artist wrote: "Bathed in varying light conditions, Baker arranges and describes everyday objects with delicate sensitivity. They have a delicious attention to detail. Baker's paintings also suggest a human presence, the objects are seemingly left in a natural state yet are so artfully organized".

David Johnson of The Sunday Times has also commended his painting. He wrote: " 'The Rustic Table' is a thrilling painting because it embodies that wonderful magic of being two pictures in one: at close quarters the mark of your pastel is so visible to the eye as to win admiration for your deftness of touch; but as one moves back and the image sharpens to what we might inadequately call "photographic" realism, the objects within this seemingly "still" life vibrate no less than cubist forms, with such intensity as to demand renewed viewing over and over again. I observed that not only does it capture simultaneously the repose and intimacy of a traditional Dutch still life, but it presents a showcase for Darren's virtuosity.”

Darren Baker is now one of leading painters within the British Art classical realism genre. Baker's technique and vision are the result of observation and inspiration from the Old Masters and contemporary realist painters.

Darren Baker has received numerous art awards including best artist at The Fine Art trade guild ceremony in London and The Garrick Prize, Christies, London.

He is regular contributor to The Pastel Society at London Mall Galleries and twice won the Daler-Rowney award.

His work has been selected by one of the world’s foremost artists Anthony Green to be seen at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

In 2005 he won Yorkshire Television Young Achiever of the year award.

This year he was awarded best UK artist by The Fine Art Trade Guild at their centenary awards. In 2008 he was recognised by The Princes Trust for his ongoing fundraising contributions to the charity. Indeed Darren continues to donate his time and work to several charities, including The Princes trust, Action for Children, Macmillan Cancer and Chase Hospice.

His contemporary paintings are increasingly sought after by International and British Art collectors and hang in both public and private art collections.

In 2011 Darren will present his portrait of HM The Queen for her 85th birthday.

 

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