'Being' is an ongoing series of oil paintings expressing my exploration of concepts and topics connected to the 'illusion of self', 'influence of environments' and 'levels of consciousness'.
I aim to accomplish this by producing detailed figurative work interacting with abstract and surreal techniques that act ambiguously yet symbolically.
2016 oil on canvas board 30x40cm.
2016 oil on canvas board 30x40cm.
2016 oil on canvas board 30x40cm.
2016 oil on wooden panel 50x60cm.
2016 oil on canvas board 30x40cm.
2016 oil on canvas board 50x60cm.
Light Veil (2016)
Oil paint on 60x50cm reinforced wooden panel 2016. (If you would like to make any enquires such as exhibiting or purchasing please contact Darren via the contact page.)
As humankind is adapting to connectivity through technology it is ‘screen media’ that is the most common resource for our information and communication, especially for the young to middle-aged population. It is widely accepted that human technological advancement has overtaken human socio-cultural design and function. Hence the misuse of technology is mostly due to the restrictive and hierarchal population manipulation operating within a tangled web of stagnant systems.
Wherever you look, through balanced scrutiny it is undeniable that a transition is happening - whether it be positive or negative, or likely a mixture of both before hopefully reaching intelligent and kind solutions. Thus screen media (news, entertainment, networking) is also intertwined with this transition: likely influenced by governing/political agenda, population manipulation and distraction, suggestive psychology, management of information release, nationalistic divide, monetary incentive dysfunctions against sources of science and ascertaining of facts.
Information also streams through to us in the form of art, celebrity fixation, and almost all facets of life. It is can be as useful as it can be complicating. Once again healthy interaction comes down to self and community psychological awareness and balanced holistic critical thought application in order to attempt to discern the information being presented. This evidently is not a common occurrence due to trappings of our current systems by the powerful few.
With this body of work I wanted to abstractly symbolise how we process our relationship to these tools today through my own experience and that of others who grew up through screen technologies recent acceleration (1980’s to 2000’s).
I visually interpreted this with surreal representation of light partially illuminating the individual and transforming in various symbolic ways. The distorted light fragments and blends within the setting to signify absorption of and reaction to the beam of information by the person. Metaphorically this abstraction could be perceived as a mix of confusion,responsiveness, influence, learning, obscurity, illusion, effect and instigation.
Light Veil Divide
Light Veil Decipher
Light Veil Discern
Light Veil Dependence
Light Veil Distract
Balaton (2015 - present)
In 2015 we re-located to the beautiful Zala county in Hungary to start living a healthier self-sufficient new life. We found the perfect house and plot with incredible views all around and named it Serenity Hill.
The landscapes in this county and other counties that surround the unique milky-blue Lake Balaton carve incredible mountainous silhouettes and contours. This aspect really connected with me visually and it soon became a natural impulse to paint these lands.
Continuing my artistic journey into oil painting, I found that applying morphing and blending sections into more representational sections really complimented the hill and mountain structures. Movement and dynamacy gives life and a certain dream-like effect that I wanted to relay to the viewer from what I have been privileged to witness.
The series of paintings so far are sized at 30 x 40 cm (unframed) which is a good general size for many people to hang up a nice landscape around the home, plus it allows me to offer a very accessible pricing. The paintings are available to purchase in my online store and major art market websites.
Balatoni Tanúhegyek / Witness Mountains (2016)
Tátika (2016) SOLD
Badacsony Tükörképe / Badacsony Reflection (2016) SOLD
A view across Lake Balaton towards Badacsony.
Sümegi Vár (2016)
Sztupa Alkonyatban (2016) SOLD
The serene location of the Buddhist Stupa in Zalaszántó was chosen because of the energy believed to be present there. It is one of the largest in Europe. It's an incredible place, which brings instant calm. This painting arose from a visit at dusk where the light interacted so beautifully with Stupa. We are very lucky to have this incredible place so near to us.
Tátika View (2016)
North Balaton Hills (2016)
Káptalantóti (2015) SOLD
Tóti Hill (2016)
Zalaszántó Snow (2015)
Channel Islands (2015 - present)
Growing up in Guernsey and having spent most of my life on the little sea jewel, there was always a background meditative peace found when walking along the beaches and finding beautiful havens to view and listen to the sea. The other islands, Herm, Sark, Alderney and Jersey are equally beautiful each with their own charm. My work so far had not approached depicting the islands, however now it seems the right time to begin capturing the scenic seascapes and shorelines.
Continuing my artistic journey into oil painting, I found that applying morphing and blending sections into more representational sections really complimented the contours of the shorelines and encroaching sea. Movement and dynamacy gives life and a certain dreamlike effect that I wanted to relay to the viewer from what I have been privileged to witness.
The series of paintings so far are sized at 30 x 40 cm (unframed) which is a good general size for many people to hang up a nice seascape around the home, plus it allows me to offer a very accessible pricing. The paintings are available to purchase in my online store and Soldstory art marketplace.
White Wave (2016)
Stormy seas and skies have always appealed to me with the refraction of lights and the awareness of space it gives within all the dynamacy. In Guernsey the blue-green sea always reacts beautifully to the white/grey light of the windswept sky which gives an intense contrast to admire.
Grand Havre Flow (2016) SOLD
I had the fortune to live across the road from Grand Havre Bay, Guernsey for a few months. Every evening during that summer, I and my now partner would walk her goofy dog Steve to this serene backdrop of sun and gentle crashing waves with Vale Church in the near distance.
Victor's View (2016) SOLD
A silhouette of the statue of famous french writer Victor Hugo in Candie Gardens, Guernsey looking out over the harbour and towards Herm Island. This is one of Guernsey's many beautiful panoramas. Hugo lived some years on the island and left his creative mark.
Cobo Calm (2016)
Cobo bay and the surrounding area is one of Guernsey's most lively points on the west coast. The Rockmount bar and Cobo Bay Hotel are great places for making fun memories with friends with live music, events, food and friendly atmosphere, all with the beautiful backdrop of Cobo seascape. Many a sunset with drinks and good friends have been enjoyed there.
Port Soif Peaceful (2015) SOLD
I have many memories along this beach in recent years. Living nearby held the privilege of witnessing sunrises, sunsets and dramatic skies.
Oil paint on reclaimed wooden panel 47x40cm 2015. (Available to purchase on Art Finder & Soldstory).
Concerned with the commonality of current hierarchical socio-cultural paradigms across the world, Pyramid is a trilogy of paintings depicting three main ‘sides’ of the residual impact on the environment (Pyramid Surrounding), our society (Pyramid Throughout) and us as individuals (Pyramid Within).
These paradigms refract throughout our world and lives, shaping our perception and behaviour which is evident if you scientifically question current and historical situations. Pyramid structures often illustrate the few over the many. Upon truly realising this through my own experiences (growing up, education, relation to others, experience working in the creative sector and my observations) and inspiration by people such as Peter Joseph, Gabor Mate, Sam Harris and George Orwell among others - I visualised a series of images that would broadly comment on the topic.
Distorted facets of the pyramid shapes (that may be the origin of or reflecting the source of light) metaphor the dominance and distribution of power. The illusive partial nature in the way the overshadowing pyramids are presented connote they are ingrained into the scenes and do not reveal their entirety or operate lucidly. Loose and abstract sections of the paintings present the resulting distorting effect on the subject in each image. Additionally heavy shadow relay connotations of exclusion and segregation. The colour palette across the three images traverse from natures blues and greens to the human anatomy’s reds and flesh-tones to subtly connote the gradual convergence of influence towards the individual.
I wanted to visually explore this topic because I believe in the relevance and importance of the need for an evolutionary migration from the current paradigm to a more equal, fluid, collaborative and aware paradigm.
“Make no mistake. The greatest destroyer of ecology. The greatest source of waste, depletion and pollution. The greatest purveyor of violence, war, crime, poverty, animal abuse and inhumanity. The greatest generator of personal and social neurosis, mental disorders, depression, anxiety. Not to mention the greatest source of social paralysis, stopping us from moving into new methodologies for personal health, global sustainability and progress on this planet, is not some corrupt government or legislation. Not some rogue corporation or banking cartel. Not some flaw of human nature and not some secret cabal that controls the world. It is the socio-economic system itself at its very foundation.”