Artist: Darren Wardle

Artist: Darren Wardle



Darren Wardle’s paintings of abandoned structures use Modernist architecture to explore spatial illusion as well as to elaborate a vision of contemporary consciousness. His seamless nearly cinematic landscapes incorporate an obsessive finish in his depictions of surfaces, furniture, and other decorative elements in a given space. The artifice of these hyper-real environments is heightened by Wardle’s trademark use of extremely synthetic color, a delirious counterpoint to the austerity of much Modernist architecture. The resulting interior and exterior spaces seem schizophrenic in their attributes, and, along with the shifting perspectives he often employs within a single picture plane, give a portrait of the loneliness and confusion of contemporary existence as well as the failure of Modernism as a cohesive aesthetic movement.


Having recently returned from a 3-month studio residency at Point B Worklodge in New York,Wardle was featured in “Sites of Memory”, curated by William Stover from the Boston Museum of Fine Art. This followed on from his critically acclaimed solo show “Design Anxiety” held at Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in New York late 2009. He was a finalist in the 2009 Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW and has been a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize every time it’s been held. In 2010 Wardle was part of “Vision” at Glen Eira City Council Gallery and was awarded a new work grant by the Australia Council for the Arts.


His works are held in significant collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Latrobe University Museum Collection, National Australia Bank, BHP Billiton and private collections in Australia and the USA.


Darren Wardle is represented by Sterphan Stoyanov Gallery New York, Nellie Castan Gallery Melbourne and Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art Sydney.


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Video: Darren Wardle-Ghost Resort


Exhibitions are online showcases of visual work by this artist.

Exhibition: Ghost Resort