Some amazing paintings in your collection Daniel, can you describe your style what its taken you to get to the level your now at?
Covering many of Manchester’s hero’s from the worlds of music and sport, you’ve also made yourself a name for your street scenes too, what’s your inspiration for painting both subjects?
I didn’t realise how many famous Mancunian people and scenes I’d done until you asked me that. Some, people have asked me to do them, others I’ve done because I’m interested in them. I was always into the Manchester Music scene so painting anything to do with that was always something I would have been drawn too. An early one I did was of The Strangeways Riot, I remember as kid being at the market across the road when it broke out. I was fascinated by it. I made my mum keep us there for ages watching, it’s still all clear in my mind, the hot Sunday and the colours of the bricks. I for the first time, took an interest in the news, for the following 25 days anyway. I found painting it cathartic, like doing something creative about the subject was a nod to that significant part of my childhood.
Yeah Mikey wanted two actually but one had gone. He’s really into art and was really keen to come to my exhibition, he was texting me in the weeks leading up about paintings I’d put on twitter. He had a painting of my mate playing pool in the pub at about 3am. Ian Puleston-Davis who played Owen in Coronation Street had two paintings. I was painting Juliette Lewis at the time and he was telling me about when he starred in a film along side her.
I’ve been asked to do Mike Tyson and Wayne Rooney a few times, Cantona, Best and Aguero are probably the most requested though.
Probably the George Best painting which Ian Brown has. It is a strong image, even City fans have said it’s one of my best.
The Juliette Lewis one I did for two reasons, firstly I am a fan of hers, secondly I wanted to do a painting as close to a photograph as I could. It’s still not finished. I’ve since found out I did it on the wrong type of canvas for that type of painting, so I made life difficult for myself. I enjoyed doing it but it’s the job of a craftsman really, there’s no creativity in it, for me it was like doing a jigsaw. My favourite of my paintings is probably one I’ve done of a young girl leaning on a wall blowing a bubble with gum. I like the ‘working class-ness’ of it. For me that encompasses everything I strive to achieve in my street stuff.
I’ll start by clearing this up, I did not come up with that title, it sounds like Jimmy Tarbuck will be introducing me. I was approached by a new art gallery in Levenshulme, Fred’s Ale House, to do an exhibition, which I was at first reluctant to do. I didn’t want the pressure or limelight and of course the worry that people may not turn up. In the end I did it as Levenshulme has been the subject to a lot of my work as have the people who live there.I exhibited several pieces I’d already done but largely paintings I’d specifically done for the show. It was a great turn out, I felt very blessed that so many people turned up.
I’ve not got any shows coming up at the moment but hopefully I’ll get around to sorting one in the not too distant. I’ve just finished a big canvas for a boxing club, that’s nearly two meters square. I’ve always been attracted to anything from New York in the 1970’s, I’ve done a couple of paintings from that era. The next one I’m doing is a couple on a dirty subway train, it’s from a photo I found on the internet. You can view my paintings on my website www.danielpittsart.com and keep up to date with the latest stuff by adding me on facebook ‘Daniel Pitts Art’ and/or by following me on Twitter @danielpittsart You can also get hold of me for commissions via any of these channels or by phone: 07989 708 085.