Artist Biography - Kerry Darlington
Kerry Darlington is one of the most highly sought after and influential artists at working in the UK, as well as having major success within the international art scene. Her boundless creative gift, technical brilliance, mastery of colour and above all, her infinite imagination, have taken her far beyond the everyday and turned her into a fine art sensation.
Born in 1974 on... a coastal town of North Wales, the inspiration for Kerry's paintings came long before she was able to able to pick up a pencil. The magicial words of fairytales her mother used to tell her in stories of myth's and legends deep within the ancient are an integral influence in Kerry's work.
"Once I began to draw, stories and paintings were always intertwined, inseparable. I have always been a dreamer and not very good with words, so Art is my way of translating the cosmic knowledge that is bound to my imagination" - Kerry Darlington
Kerry's talent was fuelled by beautiful old picture books (Rackham, Dulac and Beardsley were favourites) which developed into gaining a degree in illustration in 1996. Following university she left the UK to work in Bolivia, South America, an adventure which intensified the vibrancy and creativity of her work.
On her return to Wales she worked as a designer for an exclusive company specialising in sculptured clay murals for private residences in the Middle East, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.A.
Kerry now works independently, from her studio at home in North Wales, using all of these influences and her artistic flexibility to create pieces of art on a wide variety of subjects.
Kerry worked for years in pen and ink perfecting her drawing skills before diversifying into watercolours and later, a variety of mediums, acrylic and oil. Following her experience with the clay murals, she became interested in painting upon heavy textures and experimented widely to produce original effects.
Her acrylic paintings are uniquely formed upon board or canvas first, using texture and gessos. The colour is then built upon with several transparent layers to create depth. Her abstract pieces were initially based upon satellite photographs of Earth which created the 'Volcanic' collection in 2005/2006. This has since diversified to include contemporary landscapes and figure work, all carrying her unique style.
Kerry's work has become increasingly sought after by collectors, and in 2007 she was a finalist in the 'Best Up-and-Coming Published Artist' category in the Fine Art trade Guild Awards, as voted by sales in UK Galleries.
Her work continues to evolve, and she is currently experimenting with figurative oil paintings, using her contemporary style alongside the realistic painting.
Kerry works in her studio in North Wales, combining all of these influences and creating work which is innovative, individual and inspirational. Her 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.