'Virtuosic and Thrilling', wrote the Sunday Times about the perfectionist Artist that is Darren Baker. Described as the "next best thing", we feel he has achieved this. A perfectionist through and through, forever developing techniques which sets him apart from many other artists, Darren has a realism style comparable to photography; and probably the biggest accolade, is that of being appointed the Official Portrait artist to Her Majesty The Queen in 2011.
At The age of 23 he gained considerable recognition within the celebrity industry forming a strong foundation to develop his career. Appointed as Official artist to 2012 Olympic Games, Fine Art Trade Guild winner 2010, winner of the Garrick Prize at Christies, London with his art found in collections around the globe and notably in 10 Downing Street, The House of Lords, St James's Palace and the Bahrain Royal Household.
Rubbing shoulders with and being commissioned to paint for such star sporting names as Lewis Hamilton, Steven Gerrard, Kenny Dalglish, Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Amir Khan, Darren has had opportunities many artists only dream of. His non-sporting portraits include Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Prince Charles and Pope John Paul II when he was greeted with a personal letter of appreciation direct from the Vatican.
Darren Baker is one of the UK's most collectible artists of the 21st Century painting in Pastel and Oils; and, since his remarkable portrait of the Queen was unveiled by Princess Anne at Westminster Abbey, he has proved to be an unstoppable force in the fine art world and continues his journey, represented by Portfolio Fine Art Publishing, equal to and exceeding his past accolades. Interest is increasing daily on Darrens's future acquisitions and we could not strongly recommend enough that any art gallery wishing to be included in the future of Darren Baker to register their details with Portfolio Fine Art.