Essay by John Paul-Stonard
For his 2009 Dæmonology series, Dan Perfect has conjured 26 numinous beings, from Amaethon - the Welsh agricultural deity - to Zadkiel - the biblical angel of mercy. A strange and indifferent company, these small luminous paintings are full of unusual colours and unexpected shapes that simultaneously reveal and conceal a face. The paintings challenge the viewer to discern faces or figures in the abstraction and this group of portraits examines notions of illusion and projection, while firmly referencing our need to define and order the world around us. The 26 full colour images are accompanied by a text by John Paul-Stonard, which explores the series and its relationship to the make-believe.
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