I started this blog, Ben Darrah's Art Experience to document my participation in Art Stays in Ptuj, Slovenia in 2012. It was a great experience, made doubly so because I was able to take my son, Owen, as a studio assistant and music maker. I also got to re-connect with my old buddy, Marek Schovanek. Here is the link to this archived blog - click here.
I made these works on paper for a potential commission. The client was interested in imagery that was along the same lines as the paintings in my Landmarks exhibition at Hatch Gallery, but they wanted works on paper.
It was an interesting process working within the restrictions of paper. My paper works are usually structured quite differently and tend to be very distinct from the canvas works. This is partly due to the fragility of paper and how I work the surface of the canvas works by scraping, rubbing, and rolling layered images. It is also partly because I tend to approach works on paper with a slightly different tone. Doing these current works made me think more about this difference in approach. It may have been a response to the more intimate size of the paper, or the more graphic possibilities with paper - or - it may be an unconscious bias that I am still trying to figure out.
It was fun painting these - I had the elements ready at hand and was able to paint in a kind of flurry, like a dance, and explore some new combinations of moves.
These new works on paper are all on heavy rag paper - Arches and Somerset - and are all 24 x 30 inches. The photos are quick studio shots with my cell phone.
Well, that was a fun opening! Thank you to everyone who came out, especially those of you who made the trek from out of town. It was great to see you, hear the positive comments, and be buoyed by the support!
Also, thank you to David Hatch for taking on my art, and for the excellent presentation of my work by giving them space to breathe and shine in your fantastic gallery space. You are creating an oasis for accessing art by some of Canada's most interesting professional artists (if I do say so myself).
The show is up until the end of October - if you missed the opening and feel like an autumn drive into beautiful Prince Edward County.
Welcome to my Website. It is, and always will be, a work in progress. On most of the pages I will feature images of my work. In this Blog section I will write about things that are on my mind, such as news about exhibitions and events I think people should know about - including my exhibitions.
I am happy to announce that I am participating in two exhibitions this September - one solo and one group.
Landmarks is a solo show at Hatch Gallery (8 Stanley St., Bloomfield, Ontario). The opening reception will be on September 12, 2020 and the show will run until the end of October, 2020. Details on the opening reception will be announced closer to the date as the gallery navigates the changing Covid19 situation.
Unity Road Studio Group is a group show at the Window Art Gallery (647a Princess @ Victoria, Kingston, Ontario). This exhibition has been organized by Mark Laundry and features the works of the four artists who share the Unity Road Studios in Glenburnie, Ontario. The artists are: Mark Laundry, Ann Clarke, Mark Birksted, and Ben Darrah. The four of us share a space and respond to each other's work, while doing distinctly different work in painting and sculpture. The exhibition will be installed August 31, and will be up for the month of September. Stay-tuned for opening reception information.
Thank you for reading this far. I look forward to hearing from you.
Cheers! - Ben
August 2, 2020