AboutThis will be the first solo exhibition by artist Kevin Darke, a truly exciting find for the Gallery. This exhibition will consist of a number of paintings based on the Surrey landscape, each detailing the exact grid reference where the piece was created.
Born in 1968, Kevin has been drawing and painting since he was old enough to pick up a pencil. His enduring fascination with paint, coupled with his abiding desire to learn as much as possible about technique, has literally taken him around the world. After travelling the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East, Kevin studied in the USA under artistes such as E Fitzgerald and E Miracle.
After 30 years of concentrated effort, Kevin is now ready to reveal his work to a wider audience. He has created almost classical post-structural views of the surrounding Surrey countryside, often using the perspective gained from a canal boat on the river Wey, that in some ways are reminiscent of Turner; an artist much admired by Kevin as âthe last of the great landscape artists'.
When asked why he has waited so long before making his art available to the public gaze, Kevin says, âI have always thought of nature and its vistas as a kind of primordial language, and I now have the confidence to trust that the paint will do the work for me and allow the landscape to speak for itself'.