Darren Baker has become one of the UK’s most well-known and 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, Baker boasts a career which many dream of and so few achieve.
The accolades of this master artist 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.
- Notable commissions include The Royal British Legion, HRH Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Lewis Hamilton, Wayne Rooney, Amir Khan, Johnny Wilkinson and the Bahrain Royal Family as well as the House of Lords.
- The Sunday Times described Baker’s work as “thrilling” and “virtuosic”.
Many may already be familiar with Baker’s most famous painting. Working collaboratively with the Royal British Legion the artist was commissioned to paint an Official Portrait of their Patron, Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the organisation, Darren Baker reminisces about his extraordinary experience in 2011;
“A commission to paint Her Majesty, not only an incredible person but also the most famous woman in the world, is something every portrait artist must dream of. I was completely staggered and even now, after the portrait has been painted and unveiled, I can’t quite believe that I have had such an amazing experience. It has been the greatest honour of my career.
The Queen’s wristwatch is set at 11am, the moment at which the nation observes Remembrance and the spray of five poppies on her brooch highlights the poppy as the ultimate symbol of the debt we owe. I felt it was essential to make this idea central to the portrait as I am acutely aware of the wonderful work the legion does for our service men and women.”