1973 Born in Eaglsham, Glasgow.
1990-1995 Attended Gray's school of Art from where he received a 1st class honours degree in Fine Art and Art History specializing in painting.
“Whilst there I was awarded a prize at the royal Scottish academy student exhibition the year I graduated.”
Since graduating Daly has lived in many places throughout the U.K and has kept up painting and drawing as he has always made sure to create a studio to work in.
Some of these cities has made a huge influence his work.
“For three years I was in a studio in Corgarff, situated in the Cairngorms National Park and then for a further one and a half years I studied above an ice factory down at the shore in Leith"
Daly has found moving around very inspiring. He was once close to an old mill on the canal in Nottingham which helped him start up a collective studio in another old building in centre of Sroud, Costwalds and then quite a few more.
“I was pretty restless for a while. The past 5 years has seen me settled back in Glasgow where I now line and work from home, it is definitely one of the best cities for an artist in the U.K."
Daly’s work has not only changed but has gone from strength to strength. He has a fairly traditional figurative style and paints portraits and has recently started perfecting his still life work. A selection of these can be seen now at the ScotlandArt.com Gallery in Glasgow.
“Grays school of Art, at least when I attended, was very much focused on the practical skills of applying paint, the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Although I do prefer my subject matter to have some modern influence or personal one’s (mostly from childhood memories), I do tend to paint what I think lends itself to imaginative thinking and the 5 senses. You can almost taste the Whisky in a glass!”
Until recently Daly has almost exclusively sold privately and has not displayed his work in commercial spaces or group exhibitions. However with more time to focus on a series, he has been able to see the value of these places and fully appreciates what public space and gallery has to offer.