Working in an energetic and highly individual style he captures our perceptions of the fast moving world around us, through strongly nostalgic and American inspired images of city streets, speeding cars, passing figures and urban landscapes.
McDermott derives his material from film, television and his own cine-film. Documenting snippets of daily life; be it rush hour on the M15 or the regular bustle of city streets, he goes on to create large scale photo-realist paintings full of the pace and tension of contemporary life.
Using a layering technique, McDermott plays with components of light and colour, building a highly personal style which is enlivened by compositional cropping and unusual vantage points. The result creates a sense of energy and pace whilst maintaining a balanced aesthetic appeal. Dan’s work has been shown throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA.