Dan Baldwin creates a unique and immediately recognisable vision in his silkscreen prints. His work is at once both abstract and figurative, reflecting both reality and the world of imagination. Baldwin’s subject matter is the interior of his own mind, from rumination on love, memory or philosophical issues, to an airing of opinion on politics and/or current affairs. The work is multi-layered, both physically and in terms of meaning.
The motifs with which he plays often reoccur – skeletons, swallows, crucifixes, cartoon figures – and are often contradictory, creating an uncomfortable, sometimes sinister paradox. Symbolism is key to Baldwin’s oeuvre – both his own interpretation and the personal response of each viewer. These symbols of death, life and love reflect Baldwin’s preoccupation with the ‘big questions’ of human existence.
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