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Darren MacPherson

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Statement

I am a contemporary artist living in London, UK. I work in high key colours that can be converse, almost jarring; the use of colour is intrinsic to my work, I rarely use black in my painting and use the negative space of the canvas only to enhance a finished image.

 

My Figurative style is free flowing inspired by works by artists such as Gernot Kissel, Basquiat, Adam Neate and others. My works are drawn from a sense of the human condition and can take on a chaotic, erratic nature. The figures I paint are bold and provocative, arresting with sublime titles, exploring the allure of the form with vibrancy and stark lines.

 

Each work describes varying emotions; innocence, modesty, confidence or audacity through a process of neo-expressionism. The high key colours being crucial in achieving full expressive and communicative force. The works are often at odds with themselves, the beauty of the line juxtaposed to the chaos and decay of the background.

 

Much time is spent on preparing the support and layering the background, I will often rework the background many times before I am satisfied, stripping the paint back and repainting to create depth. Here, I am able to experiment with different textures and mediums to provide a satisfactory structure to work from. Then, I work quickly often sketching the image direct from the paint tube without outlining or pre-sketching until the work itself speaks of its completion.

 

Artistic Achievement & Awards

May 2010 - Artslant 3rd Showcase Award Winner

June 2010 – Top 100 Most Popular Emerging Artists – Artslant.com

July 2010 - Artslant 4th Showcase Award Winner

October 2010 - Artgallery.co.uk top 100 best selling artists

April 2011 – Riseart.com Select Artist shortlist

September 2011 – Artslant 5th Showcase Award Winner

October 2011 – The Other Art Fair top 100 unrepresented UK Artist

November 2011 – Selection Award  - The National Open Art Competition

 

Exhibitions

May - July 2010 - Artslant.com Showcase

June 2010 - The Brick Lane Show - Street Art Exhibition, London

July 2010 – WestPoint Gallery, London

November 2010 - Showcase London, Richmix London

March 2011 - The Brick Lane Gallery, London

March 2011 - Art Below, London Underground

March 2011 – present day – Debut Contemporary Gallery London

May 2011 - The Jennie & Jessie Gunhammar Lupus Trust Charity Art Auction

July 2011 – ‘Twins’ – Live Painting exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery

August 2011 - Summer Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, London

September 2011 - FLAG STOP Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

October 2011 - Red Exhibition, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner St., London

October 2011 - Little Benefits Exhibition, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner St. London

November 2011 – The Other Art Fair, The Bargehouse, London

December 2011 – The National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester

December 2011 – London Calling, Orange County Centre for Contemp. Art, CA

 

Upcoming:

January 2012 – Serpentine Gallery, Centre for Possible Studies, London

February 2012 – 3x3 Exhibition, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner St. London

March 2012 – The Funky Art Gallery Exhibition, Oxford

June 2012 – ‘Conception’ Part 1, Semi Solo Show, London

September 2012 – ‘Conception’ Part 2, Belfast, NI

 

 

Links & web presence

www.darrenmacphersonart.com

www.facebook.com/dmacpherson.art

http://twitter.com/dmacpherson_art

http://www.culturelabel.com/art/unsigned/artist/darren-macpherson-art

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