McDermott, Dan


Dan McDermott paints dynamic photo-realist canvases. Working in an energetic and highly individual style he captures our perceptions of the fast moving world around us, through strongly nostalgic and American inspired images of city streets, speeding cars, passing figures and urban landscapes.
McDermott appropriates imagery from television and film archives. Documenting snippets of daily life; be it rush hour on an unknown freeway or the regular bustle of city streets, he goes on to create large-scale photo-realist paintings full of the pace and tension of contemporary life.
Using an exuberant oil painting technique, McDermott plays with components of light and colour, building a highly personal style that is enlivened by compositional cropping and unusual vantage points. The result creates a sense of energy and pace whilst maintaining a balanced aesthetic appeal. Dan's work has been shown throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA.


  • 2014 Transmission, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London
  • 2013 The Lumière Project, High House Gallery, Oxfordshire
  • 2011 Moving Images, Angelus Gallery, Winchester College, Winchester
  • 2010 Postgraduate Printmaking in London, Clifford Chance, London
  • 2010 Playback, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London
  • 2009 Modelled in Memory, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London
  • 2008 Second Focus, Alon Zakaim Fine Art, London
  • 2003 Cruise, Clapham Art Gallery, London
  • 2002 New Paintings Part II, Clapham Art Gallery, London
  • 2001 New Paintings Part I, Clapham Art Gallery, London


  • 2010 MA Fine Art, Distinction, City and Guilds of London Art School
  • 1995 BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, University of Northumbria
  • 1992 Art & Design Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Art


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