Darren Baker has become one of the UK’s most well known and highly collectable artists of the 21st century. A perfectionist who has, for most of his life, been developing techniques to create a form of realism comparable to photography.
Darren's accolades include:
Official Portrait artist to Her Majesty The Queen 2011
Official artist to the 2012 Olympic games
Fine Art Trade Guild Award Winner – Best Artist 2010
Winner of The Garrick Prize at Christies, London.
Over the years, Darren has produced an impressive portfolio of art, which graces many prestigious public and private collections, including 10 Downing Street, The House of Lords, St James’s Palace and the Bahrain Royal household. His celebrated works are becoming increasingly sought after by art collectors around the world.
Darren Baker has enjoyed a level of success that most artists only dream of. Often working alongside and producing paintings for such sporting names as Lewis Hamilton, Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Amir Khan, while his non-sporting portraits include Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Prince Charles and Tony Blair. Darren’s portrait of Pope John Paul II was greeted with a personal letter of appreciation direct from the Vatican.
Darren was born in Yorkshire in 1976. For a young contemporary artist to achieve this kind of status and recognition is extremely rare and can only be put down to Darren’s unique gift for naturalistic description. The authenticity of his figures causes a momentary confusion in the viewer as 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.