David Darcy's artworks are pleasurable, introspective expanses that draw the eye. They are intense abstractions of humanity marked by a balance of movement within the space. They encase equal parts of sensation and inquiry. When creating a new work he has adopted a signature process in which the application of the oil paint in much the same manner as watercolours, though 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, David takes a decidedly more contemporary approach towards Neo-Expressionism. His work uses 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/Existence, provide a favourable visual and philosophical point of departure. Richter’s adoption of chance operations and other experimentations supported endless lines of inquiry. Auerbach’s approach to the paint medium emboldens his non-traditional methods by affirming to Bluhm’s commitment to pleasure.
BA (HONS) Fine Art. Edith Cowan University 1998
MFA Fine Art & Art Management. Edith Cowan University 2002
BSc Mathematics. Canterbury & Christchurch University 2008
MSc Mathematics Canterbury & Christchurch University 2012