Dan Green is a figurative artist who describes his style of work as contemporary realism. His art works incorporate portraits, close-up floral paintings and childhood memories, and much of his time is involved with commissioned portraits. He paints primarily with oil on canvas but also uses pastel, drawings and watercolour.
A large part of Dan's work is about our past, our childhood memories and how they relate to the present, making us the people we are. He is currently working on several different themes at the same time, and says that the principal theme is that which deals with the past - specifically his and the memories stirred in using and looking at old family snapshots - especially the less than perfect ones.
As well as creating art pieces based on the 'vast reservoir of imagery' that is the past, Dan is also interested in the 'famous' or 'infamous' who come to public notice in the news for things they have done and the uncontrolled images taken and filmed of them. He is currently working on a series about this called "Under Scrutiny."
Dan's paintings are generally built up using several photos combined to make the resulting painting appear itself a snapshot. Creating his art involves sketching, the taking of photos and using both old family photos and found images that deal with the same subject matter that interests him, including TV and film. Much of his preparatory work is also carried out on the computer, manipulating the images prior to painting on canvas.
Dan says that his greatest inspirations come from his past and the world around him. "When I am creating my work, I look at the overall design and impact of the image for something out of the ordinary with the potential for making a strong painting."
For the remainder of Dan's work, he always tends to work with a series in mind - as with the nudes or the flower paintings. "With flower paintings, I look for the abstract qualities in the image rather than what the flower actually is which is less important," he says.
Dan has a first class honours degree in Fine Art from the Kent Institute of Fine Art, Canterbury and also a BA in Art History from University College London. He has exhibited extensively in and around Kent and London, in both group and solo shows, and was the Runner-up in the "Not The Turner Prize" in 2004 as well as being shortlisted for the Celeste Art Prize this year.
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