Darren Baker b 1976
Darren Baker was born in 1976 and attended Bradford Art College. After graduation in 1998, he exhibited in London and at the age of 23 was invited to exhibit his paintings at a UK millennium show in New York. In the same year Baker was appointed official artist of The Professional Footballer's Association (PFA).
Highlights of Darren Baker's career include portraits of HRH Prince Charles and Tony Blair which hang in St James Palace and Downing Street respectively. Baker has also worked alongside and produced contemporary paintings for other sporting personalities including: David Ginola, Peter Schmeichel, Henrik Larsson, Prince Naseem, Nigel Mansell Jonny Wilkinson and PFA Footballer of the Year portraits of John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Teddy Sheringham. Sporting clubs who have promoted his art include: Manchester United, Leeds United, Glasgow Celtic, Bradford City, Yorkshire Cricket, and Leeds Rhinos.
Darrens classical realism art has become increasingly sought after which has led to him being commissioned by the Royal British Legion to paint Her Majesty the Queen during her 85th Birthday year. This was the first portrait since Rolf Harris's portrait in 2005 , it was unveiled by the Princess Royal infront of 300 guests.
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6¾ x 8¼ ins (17.15 x 20.96 cms)
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9 x 9 ins (22.86 x 22.86 cms)
Oil on canvas
6 x 26 ins (15.24 x 66.04 cms)