Born in 1980, Daniel Shadbolt studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal Drawing School, graduating in 2004. Shadbolt first exhibited his work as a student at the BP Portrait Award. Shadbolt has since shown his work at The Crypt Gallery, 286 Gallery and the Mall Galleries. He was elected a member of the New English Art Club in 2015. Having been a Drawing Club Tutor at his alma mater, The Royal Drawing School from 20017 to 2012, Shadbolt is currently a Painting and Drawing Tutor at Heatherley's School of Fine Art. In 2016, Shadbolt published a book entitled Painting and Drawing the Head, a book which combines art historical references, technical instruction and thoughts from his practice on capturing likenesses in portraiture. Shadbolt's Self-Portrait (2009) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2011.
Shadbolt, best known for his figurative paintings, is also a landscape and still life painter. Shadbolt's body of work explores with the relationship between time and image-making. Shadbolt's Self-Portrait is almost impressionist in style, the artist's head formed of dappled oil application on canvas, his face illuminated by moments of pink and yellow stippling.