Daniel Ludwig is an American figurative artist whose work balances the disquietude of contemporary life with a striking sense of idealism. With an essential clarity of expression, Ludwig’s colleage-like classical nudes create dramatic narratives through areas of saturated colour and a correspondingly robust armature of chiaroscuro. References seem to range from Balthus to the sublime, and landscapes inspired by Romantic paintings are enmeshed with foreground figures to exhibit a Cubist simultaneity of movement.
Ludwig has held numerous international exhibitions, both solo and group, and has been represented by Cadogan Contemporary since 1987. In his last exhibition, Daniel offered an insight into his extraordinary world of ‘Waking Dreams’. The artist described the disharmony between fantasy and reality with a liveliness and urgency which is at once ambiguous, compelling and complete.