Darren Coffield Talks To Artlyst About Exhibiting With Francis Bacon

Darren Coffield was born in London in 1969. He studied at Goldsmiths College, Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London where he received his Bachelor of Fine Art in 1993. He has exhibited widely in the company of many leading British artists including Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and Gilbert and George at venues ranging from the Courtauld Institute, Somerset House to Voloshin Museum, Crimea.

Image: Darren Coffield, Pin Up, 2016 (left), Bust, 2016 (right). © Artlyst 2016.

In the early nineties Coffield worked with the cult figure Joshua Compston on the formation of Factual Nonsense which became a focal point of the emerging Young British Artists scene AKA YBAs. A recent book by Coffield about this period in British Art, titled: The Art and death of Joshua Compston followed. Coffield continues to paint and draw, as well as working on the definitive book on the Colony Room club in soho frequented by his mentor Francis Bacon.

Image: Darren Coffield, Teatime, 2016. © Artlyst 2016.

His latest exhibition titled Francis Bacon/ Darren Coffield at Mayfair’s Herrick Gallery juxtaposes a series of Bacon portraits never before exhibited in London with a series of Mr Coffields latest paintings.

Darren Coffield lives and works in London.

Words: Darren Coffield with Paul Carter Robinson © Artlyst 2016

Audio: © Artlyst 2016

Lead image: Darren Coffield. Photo: P C Robinson, © Artlyst 2016

Francis Bacon/Darren Coffield – Herrick Gallery, 93 Piccadilly, London – 13 April to 21st May

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