Oil and acrylic on linen
Original size: 183 x 257 cm
Photographer: Antony Makinson at Prudence Cuming Assc
Dan Perfect describes his paintings as “imagined interior or psychological landscapes”. They derive from drawings which are manipulated and re-worked digitally into composites that are used as ‘proposals’ for the large scale paintings. Although teeming with organic forms, these are not direct responses to nature, but re-imagined experiences - a way of manifesting the outside world in the studio. Perfect says, “They can also seem quite urban and technological, and there’s a strong sense of science fiction in them. It’s perhaps a decayed science fiction where tumultuous change and biological entropy are intervened and radically altered. Our cultural history is rooted in our biology - which futurologists now predict that we may one day be able to transcend; in 50 years you may be able to upload yourself. In my paintings I’m thinking about the nature of what it is to be us in this world right now.”
Dan Perfect studied at Chelsea School of Art, London, 1981–83, and St Martins School of Art, London, 1983–86.
Solo exhibitions include: Dan Perfect, One in the Other, London, 2006; Paintings and Drawings, Road Agent, Dallas, 2008; Dan Perfect: Paintings, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2008; Dæmonology, Karsten Schubert Gallery, London, 2010; Painter, Painter; Dan Perfect and Fiona Rae, Nottingham Castle Museum, 2014.
Group exhibitions include: Death to the Fascist, Anthony d’Offay Gallery, London, 2001; Beck’s Futures, ICA, London, 2002; Exploring Landscape, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, 2003; Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010; New Wave, Etemad Gallery, Dubai, 2011; John Moores Painting Prize 2012, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.