Within her Arts Practice, Danielle Vaughan explores sexuality, gender roles and celebrity status through her use of ripped papers, fabrics and paint. With a background in Design, Vaughan began her assemblage /collages as an exploration of her early experiences of a childhood in a frugal and misandrist environment.
In her portraits she recasts men as boys with their illusion of power and her females with the parts of femme fatales. In an abstract way this can also be viewed within her landscapes and wildlife images through her use of deliberate text within the layers of ripped and torn paper.
This art peels away the layers of conventional art processes and invites the viewer to investigate past the surface image to the darker levels underpinning the façade. Vaughan plays with surprises , with ‘gallow humour” and pathos at play in both images and titles.
She has made appearances on both television and radio and recently appeared on Sky’s ‘Portrait Artist of the Year’ (January 2018) where Noel Fielding chose her portrait to take home.
Vaughan has a strong desire for equality of access to quality arts experiences for everyone and has developed an extensive participatory practice alongside her own work.
“ I have an affinity for people who have experienced a rough start in life.” - Danielle Vaughan 2018
2018- Artist in Residence- De Montfort University
Participated in Sky's 'Portrait Artist of The Year'
2017- Council Member of Leicester Society of Artists.
Exhibited at 'What The Artist Saw'-New Walk Museum
Exhibited with LSA Annual -New Walk Museum
Exhibited with 'The Eye Art Group-The Old Library Gallery
Exhibited at Patchings Art Festival (2016/17)
Exhibited with Melbourne Arts festival (20116/17)
2016- Elected to join Leicester Society of Artists.
Exhibited With Leicester Open-Newarke Houses Museum
2015- Won 'The People's Choice Award (Active Arts)
Exhibited with Active Arts (2014-2017)
Exhibited with The Sock Gallery Loughborough
Danielle is a regular contributor to local exhibitions and galleries and runs popular teaching workshops from galleries and her home studio.
Danielle in her studio.