Daniel works mainly in photography and illustration. Much of his his artwork is inspired by his passion for architecture.
Daniel Elms’ ambition is to train as an architect, and the influence of the built environment can be seen throughout his work.
In late 2020-early 2021 he completed a placement at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (as part of Venture Arts’ Cultural Enrichment Programme) which inspired this passion further.
In 2021 Daniel co-curated an online exhibition, titled ‘Electric Dreams’. It showcases work created during lockdown, and features Daniel’s artwork alongside artists from supported studios Project Ability (Glasgow) and ActionSpace (London).
How long have you been making art?
‘I have been making art for as long as I can remember.’
What are your favourite art materials to work with?
‘I enjoy using pencil, drawing pens and canvas. I like taking photos with my phone and my polaroid camera.’
What is your art about?
‘I draw maps and scapes and I take photos of things I think will look good.’
What, or who, inspires you as an artist?
‘Architecture: some of my favourite architects are Daniel Lebiskind, Zaha Hadid and Frank Lloyd Wright and some of my favourite buildings are The World Trade Centre, US Embassy, The Eiffel Tower, The Walkie Talkie, 22 Bishopsgate, London and The Salesforce Tower, San Francisco. I also like different textures.’
Why is art important to you?
‘It makes me feel good and relaxed.’
What has been your proudest moment as an artist?
‘When I created a huge map on canvas at home during lockdown using pencil and pen. It is still a work in progress. I also won a prize, I entered an ‘Imaginary Worlds’ competition online. I also felt proud when my work was in a Venture Arts exhibition at The Lowry.’
Completely A Hustling Place, Manchester Central Library, 2021.
Electric Dreams, part of ‘x3’ with Project Ability and ActionSpace, online exhibition, 2021.
PRINTS! Annual Christmas Show, Project Ability, Glasgow,2019.
The Art of Now, The Lowry, 9 Nov 2019 – 24 Jan 2020
PERSPECTIVES, The Lowry, 24 Nov 2018 – 24 Feb 2019