Aarhus based British artist Daniel van der Noon traded in the Thames for a Scandinavian way of life a few years back. Plying his trade from the prosperous Danish town, Aarhus his work has been exhibited in Amsterdam, Shanghai, Aarhus, Copenhagen and Hamburg delivering an array of window drawings, meticulously detailed cityscapes and intriguing pictorial narratives on both paper and canvas for gallery spaces, public institutions and private buyers.

At the beginning of March 2012, Lunchmoney Gallery for Contemporary Art exhibited his first solo exhibition on the continent, What Happens Here which featured some 42 individual, hand-drawn illustrations; including a print edition of the colossally sized ‘Gecekondu’ – a rendering of a city inspired by Istanbul’s enthralling skyline. Attracting attention from a bevy of other arts organisations and galleries, this led to an invitation to participate in No Man’s Art Gallery’s group pop-up show later that year in Copenhagen, a special edition show in collaboration with Red Bull, also in Copenhagen in September 2012, and a commissioned art installation by Aarhus Rethink 2017, a government-run initiative to make Aarhus Europe’s capital of culture.

2013 began with a solo show at Galleri Jules Julian – located in Copenhagen’s prestigious arts quarter on Bredgade – by the name Selected Storeys, which saw his experiments blur the line between fine art and illustration further, with sprawling window drawings, custom-made L-shaped frames and 2.5 metre-high skyscrapers.

Commenting on his own work, Daniel explains that “I like to travel a lot, visit new cities, see new places, hear new noises. Through these skylines I guess that the perks that I experience from traveling around are amplified in ink, and the memories recorded in these ongoing sprawls of images and text.”

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