Acclaim for town graffiti artist

Artwork created by Daniel Bowers, ZombieDan. EMN-171003-091631001
Artwork created by Daniel Bowers, ZombieDan. EMN-171003-091631001

A Kirton-based graffiti artist has had a whirlwind nine months, topped off by being recognised by a leading arts organisation.

Daniel Bowers, 26, who works under the pseudonym of ZombieDan, is reeling after being shortlisted for the Up and Coming Artist award by Fine Art Trade Guild.

Daniel Bowers, also known as ZombieDan. EMN-170313-105544001

Daniel Bowers, also known as ZombieDan. EMN-170313-105544001

The category in which Daniel has been nominated tends to feature more traditional artwork.

Managing director at Fine Art Trade Guild Louise Hay said: “It is great for us to have something new and exciting.”

Daniel, who will need support through a public vote to win the award, said: “When I look at the other people you can vote for I am the only urban artist on there.

“Just to be put up for the award itself is absolutely crazy.”

Daniel has been interested in art from a young ago, and was inspired by the likes of Banksy.

Having previously worked for JD Sports and Carphone Warehouse, Daniel continued to pursue his passion for art outside of work.

Nine months ago Daniel was signed by Wishbone Publishing, an art publishing house based in Chelmsford.

Since being signed he has had sell out shows in Brighton and been featured at another in Miami, America.

His first solo show was in Robertson Fine Art, in Edinburgh, where about 60 per cent of his work was pre-sold.

Daniel said: “I was a bit scared to have my first solo show. It went a lot better than anyone expected.”

His first sell out show was in Cloud Gallery, in Brighton.

He has also held other successful shows in Manchester and Solihull.

Following on from his successful shows over the past nine months, Daniel is exhibiting at four more shows this year.

On Saturday, April 1, he is exhibiting at Ideal Home Show at Olympia London, with Generation Gallery.

On Saturday, April 15, Daniel Bowers is doing a joint show with JJ Adams in the Artisan Gallery, in Essex.

Later on this year, Daniel will be having two more solo shows.

He will return to Cloud Gallery, in Brighton, on Saturday, August 26.

He will also return to Robertson Fine Art, in Edinburgh, on Saturday, November 4.

To keep up with ZombieDan and his work, search ZombieDanUK on Facebook or visit: www.zombiedan.co.uk

Reflecting on his success, Daniel said: “I always believed in what I could do but never believed it could actually happen to you.”

You can vote in support of Daniel in the competition at www.fineart.co.uk