A perfect rusty metal square tries to contain an organic circular shape. The circle shape is a reflection of shapes and colours found in the Australian countryside, bent, burnt and twisted into this unique form.
Darren's home in the hills of the Strathbogie Ranges in Central Victoria is integral to his art. The harmony of humans with nature is at the heart of my practice and he likes to work with abandoned timbers mellowed by age, and metal objects textured by weather. These are materials that already have history and from these lost and found materials, creating work that makes new history. Darren's sculptures have organic form, often with a quirky element that sit comfortably in traditional or contemporary landscapes.
Medium: Metal, Roofing Iron and Copper
Darren was born in England in 1966 but migrated to Australia at the age of 2 with his parents as ‘Ten Pound Tourists’. His love of art was nurtured by his studies for a Diploma of Fine Arts at Queensland University in the early 1980’s, but economic reality saw him take a job in a pie factory in Victoria which led to him becoming a pastry cook for many years. Eventually his interest in art resurfaced and he trained as a graphic designer in the early 1990’s. He now runs his own business Monkey Tail Design, which incorporates a growing fine art practice including sculpture and drawing. He lives in Victoria’s Central Highlands with his family in a hand built “off the grid” mud brick home.