Ellwood Daniel’s work is a delightful synthesis of chemical and organic states. Using a self-devised technique with a scalpel and monochromatic canvas, he immerses 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 has completed an MA in Art and Design at Leeds Beckett University and his solo exhibition ‘Into the Unknown’ in Dubai was met with great success. His work has sold all round the world, including Los Angeles, Australia, Dubai and Sri Lanka.