DARREN Baker, of Meltham, is a young artist whose career seems to be full of promise, the latest news being that he has been asked to make a portrait of the Queen.
In his current exhibition at the AC Gallery on Byram Street in Huddersfield town centre he continues with the photo-realist style that has been his hallmark. It is obvious he is becoming a master of his craft, whether working in oils, acrylics, pastel or pencil.
Take, for instance, the attention to detail and colour in his still life works, such as the beautiful Walnuts and Parsnips and Vintage Wine. And take the qualities of draughtsmanship in his dance pictures, whether it’s the couple in Come Dancing or the single dancers in The Performer and Study for Dance Movement.
The sensuality is tastefully conveyed, as it is in the female nude study Morning Light, while in She’s Sexy, as the title implies, the mood is deliberately erotic.
Darren has made a name for himself in depicting sports personalities and the exhibition includes a splendid close-up face of champion motorcyclist Carl Fogarty, along with an action painting on his bike.
While this show is mainly of originals there are some well-composed prints for football fans. England’s Heroes contains some highly effective portraiture.
The Huddersfield Town Centenary Print is a different affair, with black and white images of old and new grounds on the outside, and inside a colourful centrepiece, with blue and white shirt and trophies won by the club.
The exhibition runs until June 25 and is open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesdays).
LATEST shows at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park are by Helen Escobedo and Sophie Ryder.
Summer Fields by Escobedo comprises 20 cylindrical sculptures, taking their inspiration from the cylindrical form of baled hay.
Ryder has had a long association with the Sculpture Park and has continued with her animal themes; hare, horse, dog and sheep. In recent times she has melded human and animal forms including the iconic central Lady-Hare figure, through which she examines the human condition.
In the open air there are monumental wireworks and a series of bronzes. In the Longside Gallery are stunning wire wall drawings.
The show runs until November 2.