Softly Into The Light by David Darcy

David Darcy

Scarborough, NORTH YORKS - United Kingdom


David Darcy is an Australian born artist, that works in London and North Yorkshire. He was educated at Edith Cowan University where he was a postgraduate in Fine art. He has worked with galleries around the world, showing abstracts, sculptures, and installations. He was also the lead/cover artist for North Yorks Arts Festival.

Artist statement

My artworks are pleasurable, contemplative expanses that draw the eye. They are intense abstractions of humanity marked by a balance of movement within the space. They encase equal parts sensation and inquiry. When creating a new work I have adopted a signature process in which I apply the oil paint in much the same manner as watercolours, thought they inherently less yielding. That restriction allows for new approaches and methods. The results include brilliant, durable pigments rooted in mid-motion gestures. The palette and forms shift according to content and mood, but the inherent tenacity of effort remains consistent within this body of work. While giving credit to the advancements of the Abstract Expressionists, I take a decidedly contemporary approach. I use the movement of form and line to express desire and vitality. These methods extend the French Tachisme approach into this postmodern era. Key influences include Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Frank Auerbach, and Norman Bluhm. Kiefer’s watercolours, and especially Essence/Ex-sistence, provide a favorable visual and philosophical point of departure. Richter’s adoption of chance operations and other experimentations support endless lines of inquiry. Auerbach’s approach to the paint medium emboldens my non-traditional methods and I affirm Bluhm’s commitment to pleasure.

Local shows

I am currently exhibition with the OPO Artspace and Gallery, with four other shows planned in London and one in North Yorks. I will also be attending art fair in Milian, Paris and New York.
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