Darren Baker is a hyper realism artist producing almost photographic works of art.
Said by many to be the best of his kind and probably the finest art draftsman of our generation.
Here is a selection of works by artist Darren Baker. Paintings & drawings in oils, pastels, graphite and charcoal.
Official Portrait Artist – Her Majesty The Queen 2011
In 2011 Darren Baker was received a letter from Buckingham Palace inviting the hyper realism artist to become the official portrait artist to Her Majesty The Queen. Armed with sketch books, pencils and paint brushes Darren headed off to the palace for several sittings with Queen Elizabeth II to create a wonderful portrait of our head of state.
The portrait was unveiled at a commemorative service in Westminster Abbey in Autumn 2011 by Princess Anne.
Official Artist – The 2012 Olympic Games
In 2012 Darren Baker was chosen to be the official artist to the London Olympic games. The lucky artist painted athletes and Olympic scenes galore, including the main stadium in East London.
One star of the track he painted is South African Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games, running in the 400m.
Darren also rubbed shoulders with many more sports personalities including BBC presenter and former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, Dame Kelly Homes, whose portrait was auctioned for the British athletes and the event raised over £700,000 for Team GB..
Darren had the challenge of capturing all 300 Paralympian athletes within just 30 minutes for one of his Olympic commissions. The whole of London traffic was brought to a standstill while Darren achieved his goal.
Darren‘s work is now on display at Team GB House overlooking the London 2012 Olympic Stadium.
Official Artist – The Professional Footballers Association (PFA)
For over a decade Darren Baker has been the official artist to the Professional Footballers Association. Commissions by PFA Darren has met and painted stars like Ronaldo, Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdenand.
In 2009 Darren‘s mural of a football crowd at a fictional England game at the new Wembley Stadium, depicting the faces in the crowd of members of the PFA, winners of the Association’s awards and football characters from Manchester, where the PFA was founded. Unveiled on June 22 at the new Manchester Children’s Hospital. Darren has helped the PFA raise more than £1m towards Manchester Childrens Hospital.
Darren Baker & The Prince’s Trust
Darren feels he owes his success to the Princes Trust who helped him as a very young artist. Now an ambassador for The Princes Trust Darren has supported the cause and the work they do helping young people, both by holding art workshops and donating pieces of art for fundraising.
In 2014 Darren & his wife Abigail wrote, illustrated and published a children’s book Albert The Handydog in support of the Prince’s Trust. All profits from the sale of the book, original artwork and limited edition prints will be donated to The Trust. These can be purchased in our shop Here
Leanne Baker Trust
A much loved daughter, sister, fiancé, aunt and friend, sadly took her own life on 2nd June 2013. Bubbly and life-loving on the outside, Leanne was hiding a deep sadness. Clinical depression is a cruel illness that often leaves its victims feeling desperate, anxious and alone. Leanne struggled with this illness for some years before she could cope no more. At a time of her life where, to everyone else, she seemed to have everything going for her; a new home, planning her dream wedding, loving family, manager of a store, loads of friends; it seems even crueler that the unpredictable nature of clinical depression meant that she could not see past the darkness.
As a kind and giving person, Leanne’s family and friends thought the best way to commemorate her life would be start a charity that raised awareness and helped support those effected by mental illness. We would love to have your support. All funds go to supporting the work of the Leanne Baker Trust