No points for guessing Daniel is of a psychedelic bent – his work is

a delightful synthesis of chemical and organic states. He completed

his MA in Art & Design, using a self-devised technique with a scalpel

and monochromatic canvas, immersing himself in an exploration of

darkness in order to (quite literally) unmask the unknown.


Using the representation of factual ideas – life, nature and structure –

and throwing them into an abstract form, Daniel embraces the apparent limitations of a black surface. These ‘still’ images achieve their animated

visual effects through the dynamic aspect of the line. And as using a scalpel

– without guideline – leaves no room for error, every work is a one-take, free form improvisation – a snapshot of the artist’s immediate psyche.

What’s fascinating about Daniel’s process is in the removal of a medium as opposed to the more traditional application of one. That’s to say, perhaps the image was always within the canvas – the artist merely uncovered it.


Daniel’s recent solo exhibition entitled, ‘Into the Unknown,’ at the Media One Hotel in Dubai was met with critical acclaim and now talks are underway for the subsequent Berlin edition.

© ellwooddaniels 2018