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Born in Leeds in 1978, Daniel Robinson Ford has been painting professionally since 2013. Dan describes himself as a realist painter. Hopper's 'Nighthawks' heavily influenced his early years. Damien Hursts 'Spot' paintings persuaded him to try using a paintbrush. Durer, Vermeer, and contemporary painters such as Clive Head, Ed Ruscha and Richard Estes all played their part in influencing Dan.
His journey into art initially started out as somewhat of a staggered one, as a youngster he was constantly drawing, sketching or doodling etc. Before long he was juggling evening courses in art and design, shortly followed by a one year diploma in design at Jacob Kramer. By the time Dan had completed these, his enthusiasm for Art superseded anything truly academic and after completing a fine art degree through Leeds University he was completely hooked on applying paint to canvas (as unpopular as it was back then).
Put simply, his work is story telling. He applies curiosity, he references the current and the everyday and he re-defines it with a brush. His perception of it, his creation of individual piece's can take from a week to a month depending on the complexity and on the scale of the work.