Describing himself as a poet and painter, Angry Dan's work isn't menacing at all but involves painting his own positive limericks as colourful street murals and canvas artworks.
He was supposed to launch his debut solo exhibition, London Borough of Limericks, today but sadly, the show has been postponed until further notice. While we wait to see his latest works at the 1B Window Gallery in Walthamstow, Angry Dan has shared with us some of his recent street murals – ones he spent the last six months of 2019 painting around the London borough. "It's like a poetic treasure hunt," he tells us. "The concept for the show is that it 'bursts out of the gallery walls, onto the streets of E17'."
Speaking of his background, he says that he didn't go to art school and didn't study English beyond his GCSEs. "Although I've always written folk songs, and over the years I've developed a more distinctive voice," he says. "I started writing poetry around five years ago. And that followed with drawing. I completed my first painting on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch in September 2017, and have painted around 50 street pieces since then, with permanent commissions in London, New Brighton, and Carlisle."
Angry Dan only began painting studio pieces last April, selling his first painting by blind auction on Instagram. Since then, he's sold work directly to buyers and has been working towards his first exhibition.
What inspired his latest series? "I look for inspiration in everything. I might finish a limerick about mental health, and then immediately afterwards, write one about farting. By painting them in the style that I do, I try to encourage the viewer to see them as one viewpoint," he adds. Follow Angry Dan on Instagram to find out when his debut show will be rescheduled.