Approved: 02.09.2011

Daniel Cimmermann

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Approved: 02.09.2011

My work is centred around collected imagery. Personal photographs, illustrations, postcards, architectural drawings, photocopies from books and comics, cuttings from newspapers and magazines, images of graffiti- mainly images that possess a certain significance to me. Somewhere I have been to, someone who I admire, someone who represents a moment in history. I work with an image- through reproduction

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  • Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
 

Biography

My work is centred around collected imagery. Personal photographs, illustrations, postcards, architectural drawings, photocopies from books and comics, cuttings from newspapers and magazines, images of graffiti- mainly images that possess a certain significance to me. Somewhere I have been to, someone who I admire, someone who represents a moment in history. I work with an image- through reproduction I play around with the scale, colour and narrative, remove it from its original context, embellish, decorate and deface it. Now laced with my own iconography and the layering of paint (using various brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges etc) the image becomes more personal and significant to me. I draw over the top of the paintings with graffiti pens and markers to create a unique finished surface. The act of defacing the image is paramount. It then becomes mine and gives me the right to be selfish and manipulate it as I desire. Like you might doodle on an image in a gossip magazine and deface the appearance of a model. I usually work with figurative photographic images. I am intrigued by the way the human figure can be disguised, distorted and made-up to signify a loyalty to a group or gang, a community or collective or help to represent a period in history, a memory or a significant event. I will manipulate the images, distort them, often leaving them barely recognisable from the original. A narrative is then sometimes revealed after amalgamating several images together. It is often with hindsight that the true meaning of a work reveals itself, clearly signifying my thoughts of that specific time.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - New Paintings and Collages, Cimmermann, Harrogate 2012 - Paintings from Italy, The Queens Arms, Kensington, London 2011 - Grand Tour, Cimmermann, Harrogate 2011 - New Paintings, Urban Outfitters, Spitalfields, London Group exhibitions 2012 - New work, Workhouse Gallery, Harrogate 2012 - Several works: Chelsea Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Chelsea, London 2010 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, Battersea, London 2007 - Untitled Gallery Group Show, Untitled Gallery, Smiths Private Dining Rooms, City of London, London 2003 - Autumn Exhibition, Thompsons Gallery, Marylebone, London 2003 - Winter Exhibition, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax 2002 - BP Portrait Award 2002, National Portrait Gallery London, London 2001 - BP Portrait Award 2001, National Portrait Gallery London, London