Darbyshire’s recent work at Westminster Reference Library is a chaotic salon style clustering of her small to medium-small sized encrusted oil paintings.The paintings are from her ongoing series "It fell from Earth"and on the opposite wall a single large scale work constructed from torn and stitched paper, canvas, hessian and paint.
The contrast in scale and arrangement of these artworks on opposite walls are intended to strike up a face-to-face dialogue about materials and format in image making. In the past year, Alexandra has been experimenting with paint-imprinted patterns with bubble wrap, and other repetitively patterned plastic materials. This use of repetitive patterns are a nod to the high contrasting time we're in, full of technological streamlining alongside the ultimate truth that lies beneath, which is the earth that humans come from - organic and messy like gloopy oil paint, in all it’s naturally occurring life-force and decay.
Alexandra Darbyshire studied painting at OCAD University in Toronto, the National Academy School of Fine Arts in NYC, and she recently completed the Correspondence program at Turps Art School in London. Darbyshire has exhibited her paintings in solo and group shows across North America, and Europe. She has been recognized by national and international organisations with awards and honours for her work, including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Delphina Foundation, London, England. Alexandra recently presented her solo show It Fell From Earth at Gerald Moore Gallery in London and Line Gallery in Stroud Gloucestershire.