Born in Winchester, Daniel Hooper studied at the prestigious Westgate School where he enjoyed what he describes as an “art phase”. While his creative flair would remain throughout his education, Dan pursued a career in construction from the age of 16.
As a qualified carpenter, Dan’s job allowed him to travel, working on building sites around Europe. It was during this time that he nurtured the skills and knowledge that would later help to create his unique art.
During his spare time, Dan would use leftover paint and remnants from construction sites as his canvas, marking the origin of his signature style painting on wood. His work was noticed by The Discerner magazine, which led to him becoming a featured Saatchi artist—a process which normally takes much longer and tends to be reserved for more established artists.
Drawing inspiration from the world surrounding him, Dan mainly focuses on nature and movement, such as birds in flight or marine creatures in water.
With an aim to make people think about their surroundings he notes that, whilst most people are alienated by phones and busy lives, they can still be transfixed by nature - highlighted by TV shows such as David Attenborough documentaries.
“We’re on Planet Earth and nature is all around us, we just don’t see it,” he muses.