Chris Daniels Harrogate, UK, b. 1981
Chris Daniels graduated from the Royal Acdemy Schools in 2008. He makes abstract paintings concerned with the principles of colour and form. His geometries are taken from a range of selected elements – signs, shields, mountains, and through drawing, simplification and repetition these forms become ambiguous, reductive, and abstract. Using masking tape to control the painting gesture inside the hard-edged form, Daniels creates a visual tension between the shapes. With his mastered skills as a colour field painter, Daniels selects his colours intuitively, whilst always drawn to advertising as much as art history to deepen his understanding of colour relationships. Often working in series, he uses the same forms in different compositions and colours as a rule.