The Strange & Phantasmagorical World of Daniel Loveday

Daniel writes –

“My concerns for the environment are reflected in my surreal and symbolic paintings. At the same time, I experiment with techniques in the form of abstracts. I want to challenge and elicit responses. 

I trained for two years at foundation level, doing life drawing and print and then I began a degree at Exeter Art College. Unfortunately, my mum died in a car crash just before I started my degree and it led to my leaving the course after a year. During that year I worked over and over the same piece until all the colours were a muddy brown, and then abandoned art for a while.

I became a graphic designer during which time I did a lot of commercial art, illustrating everything from wildlife in a park, to steam trains, to cartoon characters. 

I was then a nursing auxiliary at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. I encounter all sorts of people who themselves are going on journeys. It fascinates me how they deal with that journey. Many suffer from dementia, others are facing the end of their lives with dignity, their life choices are somewhere between joyful and impossibly sad. I want to record all that and represent it.

I feel it’s my task to speak about environmental and social issues in my paintings. I’m an observer of the paradox of humanity that can understand so much but can’t stop itself from wholesale destruction. 

I’ll use any medium. Oil. Water soluble crayons. Acrylic. Canvas. Board. Paper.”

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The Exhibition will be in the Beehive Gallery from 11th July until 7th August 2017.