Dan makes collages and ink drawings using a mixture of found imagery and my own imaginings. His work is born out of a passion for line work and collage, a love of archaic imagery and an urge to produce pictures that provoke humour, wonder and a certain subconscious recognition in the viewer.
Nearly all of Dan's work is figurative and comprises totemic or iconographical combinations of human, animal, plant and mineral forms. The subjects are generally set in blank spaces devoid of context. The characters in my pictures display an emblematic composite of human and non-human attributes, drawing on, but rarely literally depicting, ancient mythological beings, Victorian freak-shows, dream imagery, religious iconography and subconscious inspiration, whilst promoting a sense of transformation, repression, transcendence and evolution.
Using mostly found imagery has always been a part of his practice. It is a way for him to utilise the visually arresting elements of quite ordinary scenes he finds and bends them into a cohesive whole that becomes an expression of his imagination. It is also simply an enjoyable way to make pictures.