Meet Artist Kerry Darlington at Driftwood Contemporary on Sunday 11th June, 1-3pm
“The greatest art in the world is the art of storytelling.”
Cecil B. DeMille, Filmmaker
Kerry Darlington and the art of storytelling
Kerry Darlington is one of the most sought after and influential artists at work in the UK and she will be at Driftwood Contemporary Art in Ilfracombe this June to delight her devoted collectors with her boundless creative gift, technical brilliance, mastery of colour and above all, her infinite imagination – all of which has have taken her far beyond the everyday and turned her into a fine art sensation.
The haunting beauty of Kerry’s work grows from a unique combination of pattern, nature, energy and nostalgia. Her stunning three dimensional mixed media pieces are unmistakable in style and completely individual, revolving around the theme of myths and legends, poetry and stories. She creates her spellbinding narrative images with a range of materials including resin and metallics. She achieves a unique, translucent texture through the accumulation of layers which adds both depth and light.
Her published works are described as ‘unique editions’ as they combine a printed element with original art. Kerry creates small 3D additions which are hand-worked individually and adhered to the print. The background is also hand embellished, and all the work has resin hand-applied which gives a stunning reflective quality. Therefore although they are in essence a limited edition print, every piece has the appearance of a unique original painting.
Kerry’s passion for art was inspired by a love of beautifully illustrated books as a child. Influenced by the mystery, magic of these stories and poetry, the fairy tales that inspired her childhood now inspire her artwork. As a child Kerry read all of Enid Blyton books and it was The Magic Faraway Tree in particular that entranced her and is the reason she believes that trees are so dominant in her compositions. It was with great pride that Kerry was given special permission to illustrate her favourite book in 2013.
Kerry’s career began with a degree in illustration in 1996, and she originally intended to pursue a career as a children’s book illustrator. She had been introduced to illustrated books from an early age by her mother who owned a few first editions illustrated by Arthur Rackham, who is widely regarded as one of the leading illustrators from the ‘Golden Age’ of British book illustration which roughly encompassed the years from 1890 until the end of the First World War.
With the Influence of the Pre-Raphaelites and Art Nouveau also clearly evident in her creations, Kerry’ believes that her work sits somewhere between fine art and illustration – in fact she believes that she has reinvented illustration in a modern contemporary way. The memories created as a child are a continuous source of inspiration for her work. Classic British books have been a great inspiration to her, especially Disney adapted stories of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland and she endeavours to recreate the scenes from these prized fairy-tales in a very British way.
Kerry’s work is in huge demand and in 2012, and again in 2014 she was named as the UK’s best-selling published artist for her extraordinary unique editions. Her boundless desire to experiment and develop her innovative technique will no doubt ensure that she continues to be celebrated as one of the most popular artist on the contemporary art market. Kerry will be travelling from her studio in North Wales to join the team at Driftwood Contemporary in Ilfracombe on the afternoon of Sunday 11th June and we would urge you to contact the gallery for more details if you would like to take this rare opportunity to meet with her and experience this wonderful exhibition yourself.
19 St James Place, Ilfracombe, Devon. EX34 9BJ