Darren Baker – Blue Thunder
Darren Baker – Blue Thunder – Limited Edition Hand Signed by the Artist
Darren Baker – Royal Artist
Darren Baker is one of the UK’s most collectable artists since his remarkable portrait of the late Queen, was unveiled by Princess Anne at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
Official BT Artist to the 2012 Olympic Games
He has painted Prime Ministers, Royalty and the sporting elite. His celebrated works hang in collections from 10 Downing Street and the House of Lords to St James’s Palace. His oil paintings and charcoals have attracted critical and popular acclaim – the Sunday Times described his work as “thrilling” and “virtuosic” – and his paintings are increasingly sought after by art collectors from the UK, Europe, the USA and Japan.
HRH King Charles III
Darren enjoys a level of success that most artists only dream of. He produces an impressive portfolio of figurative work and portraiture, still life and interiors, cityscapes, and animal portraiture. Consequently, his works grace many prestigious public and private collections around the world. He has worked alongside and produced paintings for such star sporting names as Lewis Hamilton, Steven Gerrard and Amir Khan, while his non-sporting portraits include HRH King Charles III and Tony Blair. His portrait of Pope John Paul II was greeted with a personal message of appreciation from the Vatican.
Darren was born in Yorkshire in 1976. However, for a young contemporary artist to achieve this kind of status and recognition is extremely rare. We can only put this down to Darren’s unique gift for naturalistic description. The authenticity of his figures causes a momentary confusion in the viewer. Each nuance is conveyed with such accuracy and truth that we find ourselves questioning whether we are looking at a beautiful photograph, or an extraordinary painting.
Darren has received numerous awards, for instance, The Garrick Prize at Christies, London. He also enjoys a range of artistic appointments including Official Artist to the Professional Footballers’ Association (the PFA) and Official Artist to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In conclusion, he is now acknowledged as one of the leading painters of the classical realism genre. Consequently, his style displays the influences of both the Dutch Masters and the contemporary realist school.
As a keen supporter of, and tireless fund-raiser for the Prince’s Trust, Darren has worked closely with the charity and has been personally thanked by the then Prince of Wales (King Charles III) for his ongoing contribution to the success of many major projects.
Sir John Kiszely KCB MC, National President of The Royal British Legion said; “It is clear Darren Baker has produced one of the most remarkable realistic portraits of our Monarch this century.”
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