Teddy Baden is not simply driven by a fascination with dogs. Literally viewing them as ‘Hairy Aliens, living amongst us’… his artwork is a celebration of an incredible relationship, of human society’s historic and endearing subsumption of another species.
For over ten years now Teddy Baden’s stenciled dogs have celebrated ‘mans best friend’. His outdoor works especially exude a ‘vivacious wit’ and ‘combination of humour and cynicism’… where ‘dogs wear snorkels and spew coloured paint.’ Literally viewing dogs as ‘Hairy Aliens, living amongst us’… his artwork is a celebration of an incredible relationship, that of human society’s historic and endearing subsumption of another species. Teddy was tutored in Bristol by artist Brian Griffiths, and Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller. BA (Hons) Fine Art. Private commissions help to fund Teddy’s street work and he has sold pieces to numerous celebrity figures and private collectors alike- exhibiting regularly and internationally, he has shown alongside many reputable artists such as; Gavin Turk, Connor Harrington, Stik, Tracy Emin, Franco B, Erik Sille, Sheperd Fairey, Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), and Matt Collishaw to name a few. Teddy recently collaborated with the Dogs Trust charity to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. He has done work with; Red Bull, the BBC, Portabello Film Festival, The Mutoid Waste Company, Tileyard Studios and many others- but tends to shy away from corporate fellatio with regards the compromise of his art. He is an experienced curator known for his involvement in the ‘Mutate Britain’ events, the ‘Robin Hood Tax’ campaign (with actors Bill Nigh, Tom Felton and Noel Clarke). He is founder of the ‘Whitecross Street Party’ and ‘Rise of the Non Conformists’ annual exhibition in East London. (Now in it’s seventh year) Working in conjunction with Mayor of London, Arts Council England, St.Luke’s Trust and various London Borough councils he has managed exhibition and production budgets of up to £40,000. Teddy was a member of the judging panel for the Secret art prize in 2014, alongside BBC 6 radio presenter Mary-Anne Hobbs, Susan Mumford, art critic Tabish Khan, Sabina Andron and the Barbican Arts Centre’s Daniela Feta. He was interviewed in the Guardian newspaper in 2013, and appears on many a bloggers page. Supermodel Cara Delevingne last year posted a photo of his street work on her Instagram, which received over 306,000 likes. He’s also had work published in a variety of contemporary Street Art books and journals, and was recently invited onto the Paul O’Grady TV Show (but declined). Vice Magazine featured his street work in their Olympic Video in 2012. He is at present involved in a Channel Four film short directed by Simon Amstell set to feature his art. Alongside his artwork, Teddy is at present helping to provide appropriate work experience placement for young adults showing promise in the arts, and hopes to continue further with this. A person well known for getting things done, he carries the fire, and the magic.