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Evening wonder
floral fragrance
Horse study
In grand surroundings
into the waters
Puppy love
window solitude
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Darren Baker Paintings
Darren, a graduate of Bradford Art College, is one of the country's leading painters within the classical realism genre. After graduation he has strove to perfect his technique and vision inspired by several Old masters and contemporary realist painters. His talent was recognised early after leaving college and was selected for a unique show of UK artists in New York (2000). In the same year he was appointed official artist of The Professional Footballer's Association. He has received numerous awards including best artist at The fineart trade guild ceremony in London and The Garrick Prize, Christies, London. In 2005 he was named Yorkshire Young Achiever in the arts. Darren has received commissions from many bluechip galleries, companies and leading personalities. He has exhibited widely, through North America, Japan, Europe and UK. His London gallery regularly shows his work to acclaim and his new works are eagerly anticipated at international art fairs. Darren's paintings hang in private and public collections, including Downing St and St James Palace, at home and abroad. He works intensively every day in his studio in Saltaire, the famous Victorian textile village.
1998 BA (Hons) Art and Design, Bradford College, Bradford1998 Life Painting, six-month course, Bradford College 1997 Drawing/Painting, four month course, Slade College, London 1995 BTEC Foundation in Art and Design, Huddersfield Technical College 1994 A Levels ( Art and History), Honley Sixth Form Centre 1992 10 GCSE (8 A, 2 B) Honley High School
1998 First prize, Bradford Open art exhibition
1998 Rossington award in figurative painting, Cleveland Council
2000 IGA Prize Winner, British Art Show
2000 Zeneca Prize, Holmfirth Art Show
2001 RBSA Newcomer award/Pastel
2003 Fine art trade guild acclaimed artwork
2003 Shortlisted for The garrick prize
2004 Shortlisted for Not the turner prize, London
2005 Shortlisted for Yorkshire Young Achievers Award
Selected Commissions/collections:
2006 Moments of 2005, PCA, London
2005 Freddie Flintoff, PCA, London.
2005 John Terry portrait, PFA
2005 Wales Grand Slam artwork, Team Wales
2004 England rugby, ERU, Twickenham
2004 Painting tribute, Crown Paints
2002, Pope John Paul portrait, Danbury mint
2002 World cup paintings, Halcyon Gallery, Mayfair
2002 Footballer of the year portrait, PFA
2001 Cottingley waterfall, Dominic Brunt (Emmerdale)
2001 Footballer of the year portrait, PFA
2001 Jimmy Armfield portrait, PFA
2000 Coronation Street montage, Granada TV
2000 Frankie Dettori oil portrait, Classic Management
1999 Iestyn Harris montage, Tom Carroll & associates
1999 Henrik Larsson montage, Glasgow Celtic A.F.C
1999 Bradford City A.F.C montage, Asics Sportswear
1999 Michael Jordan montage, EBBA Headquarters English Basketball Association
1999 Prince Naseem oil portrait, Prince promotions
1999 Billy Bremner montage, Leeds United A.F.C
1998 Frank Worthington oil portrait, Huddersfield Town A.F.C
Single Exhibitions:
2006 Art of Realism, rep Theatre, Birmingham
2005 New paintings, The Grove, Ilkley
2004 Darren Baker: Paintings, Bonhams
2003 Darren Baker, Holmfirth artweek
2002 Darren Baker, St martins lane, London
2001 D. Baker: Paintings, Massarella Fine Art, Saltaire
2000 Darren Baker, Hanover Gallery, Liverpool
1999 Leeds United Retrospective, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds
1999 Darren Baker, AC Gallery, Huddersfield
1998 Debut, Drury Lane Gallery, London
1998 Darren Baker, Michael Walker Fine Arts, London
Group Exhibitions:
2006 Pastel Society, mall Galleries
2005 Winter exhibition, Soloman Gallery, Dublin
2005 Antique and arts fair, WH Pattersons, Chicago
2005 Summer exhibition, Gladwell and co, London
2005 Art expo, New York
2005 Sporting Calendar, WH Pattersons, London
2005 The Watercolour and Drawing fair, Royal Academy, London
2005 Select 6, Oakham Galleries London
2004 Pastel society, Mall Galleries
2004 Six artists, WH Patterson fine arts, London
2004 From the palette, WH Pattersons, London
2003 British art fair, Commonwealth institute, London
2003 Fine art trade guild exhibition and UK tour, nationwide
2003 Garrick/Milne prize, Christies, London
2003 Home and gift, Harrogate gift fair
2003 Artists showcase, Unilever, port sunlight
2003 Tradition with a twist, Frank T Sabin, London
2003 Not the turner prize, Mall galleries, London
2003 The art of pastel, W H Pattersons, London
2003 Pastel society, mall galleries, London
2002 Christmas show, W H Pattersons, London2002 sefton Open, Merseyside
2002 The Darren Baker gallery, opening show, saltaire
2002 Summer show, Halcyon gallery, London
2002 Musical interlude, W.H Pattersons fine arts, London
2002 Pastel society, Mall galleries, London
2001 Royal Birmingham Society of artists, RBSA Gallery
2001 Society of landscape artists, mall galleries, London
2001 Weaverbird art fair, Bolton Abbey exhibition centre
2001Yorkshire Open, Wakefield Arts mill, Wakefield
2001 Gallery Artists, Manchester Art House, Manchester
2001 Leeds Open, Leeds city art gallery, Leeds
2001 Stockport Open, Stockport Art Gallery, Manchester
2001 Royal Academy summer exhibition, London
2001 Paperleaf art fair, Battersea arts centre, London
2001 Gallery Artists, Collins and Hastie, London
2000 NYAD UK Art Show, Dfn Gallery, New York
1999 L.U.P.M.A, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
1999 Cheltenham Open, Cheltenham and Glouchester College, Cheltenham
1999 Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, Bury Art Gallery, Bury
1998 Chichester Open, Sotheby’s Auction House, Leeds
1998 Middlesborough Open, Cleveland Gallery, Middlesborough
1998 Bradford Open, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
1997 Holmfirth Open, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Holmfirth
1997 Contemporary College, Cubal Cain Foundation, Harrogate
Artist's Statement:
Painting is my life force and my work is wrought from an unswerving desire to understand paint, art and the subjects I observe. My work owes much to the great exponents of still-life and portraiture. Classical tradition underpins my painting and vision. Every new piece is a statement of intent: to improve and to better understand the subject. My studies and observations of the old masters inspire and inform my art, whilst also relying heavily on contemporary influences. I aim to be of my own time whilst also acknowledging the past.
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