Daniel Freaker received his MFA from the Slade School of Art in London, where he explored the painterly qualities of print, video, film and photography.
His exceptionally vibrant paintings are reminiscent of movie scenes - they seem to be mere fragments of a broader narrative. Occupying a space between the abstract and the figurative, the way in which the paint is applied to the canvas is equally important to the subject matter of the work. Some details are clearly defined where others are more of a suggestive gesture. This makes for a rich tapestry of interwoven processes which add a complex textural quality to the artwork. With this multiplicity of techniques the artist aims to evoke a certain sense of nostalgia about moments that were both beautiful and painful.
His subjects are often individuals, couples, or groups of people, addressing topics of relationships and isolation. The scenes depicted may remind us of personal experiences, while the techniques and radiant colours evoke a sense of longing for warmth. Distortions in the work seem to amplify the feelings the artist aims to evoke: connection, loss, vulnerability, or loneliness. This constant search for juxtaposition between vibrance and darkness, accident and intention, order and chaos, is what makes Freaker's work memorable.
Daniel Freaker’s work has evolved through artistic collaborations, working with charities, and exhibiting and lecturing throughout the U.K. as well as internationally, including at the British Museum in London, Dae Won University in Korea, and The Meera Gallery in Pune, India. The artist currently lives and works in Portsmouth, UK.
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