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Darren Coffield

Biography

Darren Coffield was born in London in 1969. He studied at Goldsmiths College, Camberwell School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London where he received his Bachelor of Fine Art in 1993. He has exhibited widely in the company of many leading artists including Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and Gilbert and George at venues ranging from the Courtauld Institute, Somerset House to Voloshin Museum, Crimea. His work can be found in collections around the world. In 2003 his controversial portrait of Ivan Massow, former chairman of the ICA in full fox hunting costume was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Portraits of George Galloway and Molly Parkin (NPG, 2010) followed, and most recently a depiction of former Miners Union leader Arthur Scargill made entirely from coal dust. In the early nineties Coffield worked with Joshua Compston on the formation of Factual Nonsense - the centre of the emerging Young British Artists scene. A new book by Coffield about this period in British Art, Factual Nonsense: The Art and death of Joshua Compston is out now published by Troubador and is accompanied by the 'Factual Nonsense' exhibition at Paul Stolper gallery, Museum Street, London. Coffield lives and works in London.

Education

1989 - 1993
BA in Fine Art (hons), Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
1988 - 1989
Camberwell School of Art, London, UK
1987
Goldsmiths College, London, UK

Selected Exhibitions

2014
Factual Nonsense — A Guide for the Perplexed, Chart Gallery, London
2013
Pomp & Paradox, Chart Gallery, London
2013
Print Retrospective, Pertwee Anderson & Gold, London
2013
Ashes and Diamonds, Lazarides Gallery
2013
Factual Nonsense, Paul Stolper, London
2013
Memento Mori, Pertwee Anderson & Gold, London
2013
Masters of Reality, Pertwee Anderson & Gold, London
2013
Art13 London, Pertwee Anderson & Gold, London
2012
Thanksgiving Collective 2012, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York
2012
Space Rage, The Residence Gallery, London
2012
The Party Show, Viktor Wynd Gallery, London
2012
Paradox, Herrick Gallery, London
2012
Fragmented Identity, Art Gwangju, Gwangju, Korea
2012
Young Curators, New Ideas IV - American Power, Meulensteen Gallery, New York
2012
Lüften Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
2012
The End, Jacob's Island Gallery, London
2012
Disorient Express London - Prague, The London 2012 Olympics, (touring exhibition)
  • Candid Arts Trust Gallery, London
  • Czech Centre Prague Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Czech House, Business Design Centre, London
2012
Home Office of the Fan Fiction Empire, The Residence Gallery, London
2012
Paris Art Fair, Paris, France
2012
Molly Parkin 80th Birthday Celebration, Chelsea Arts Club, London
2012
Face Off, The National Print Gallery, London
2012
London Art Fair, Paul Stolper, London
2011
EAST POP WEST, Red Gallery, London
2011
In The Flesh, Paul Stolper, London
2011
Scope Basel, Switzerland
2011
Ashes & Diamonds, (touring exhibition)
  • Market Hall, Chesterfield
  • Northern College, Barnsley
  • NUM Headquarters, Yorkshire
  • Wortley Hall, Sheffield
2011
Fabricatecstasy, Studio 52, Hoxton Square, London
2011
Peeping Tom, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
2011
The Recession Show, Curator, London Art Fair Projects, London
2010
John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2010
East End Promise: A Story of Cultural Migrants 1985-2000, Red Gallery, London
2010
Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2010
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
2010
Peeping Tom, Vegas Gallery, London
2010
East Wing IX, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London
2009
The Live Art Auction, L-13 Gallery, London
2009
Turner Contemporary Open 2009, Turner Contemporary Project Space, Margate
2009
De Queeste artists, Quest 21, Brussels, Belgium
2009
Plein Air Exhibition, Saint-Sophia Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine
2009
The Mission, Hackney Wick, London
2009
The Big Ink, Amersham Arms, London
2009
Police and Violence, Sassoon Gallery, London
2009
Open Salon, Viewfinder Gallery, London
2008
Plein air, Maximilian Voloshin Museum, Koktebel, Crimea
2008
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, (touring exhibition)
  • Jerwood Space, London
  • Durham Art Gallery, Durham City
  • Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk
  • Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester
  • Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham
2008
Insurgent Works, Ghetto Gallery, Split, Croatia
2008
The Famous, the Infamous & the Really Quite Good, Decima Gallery, London
2008
Conditions Humaines, De Queeste Art, Abele, Belgium
2007
I Love Peckham Shop Windows, Peckham, London
2007
Far from Eden, Hotel de Ville, Hondschoote, France
2007
Far from Eden, Vinkemkerk, Beauvoorde, Belgium
2007
Château Planet, Galerie Planet, Magnac Laval, France
2007
Artists vs Celebrity, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
2006
Drugaddict Show, Guy Hilton Gallery, London
2006
Château Planet, Galerie Planet, Magnac Laval, France
2005
Artists' Pictionary, The Agency Contemporary Gallery, London
2004
Board Meeting, Fake London Genius, Savile Row, London
2003
BP Portrait Award, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
2003
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
2003
Artists of the Colony Room Club, Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, London
2000
Artists Room, The Westbourne Hotel, London
2000
Less Filth, More Fury, Soho House, London
1999
Richard Dadd's 30th Birthday Party, Bedlam Performance Art, A.S.C, Rosebery Avenue, London
1999
Banality Begins at Home, Performance Bar Art, Colony Room Club, Soho, London
1999
The I.C.A presents... A.S.C, Rosebery Avenue, London
1999
Ainsworth Unearthed, Performance/Public reading, Kensal Green Cemetery, London
1999
Well Hung, London
1998
The Colony Room Club 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition, A22 Projects, London
1998
Terminal Beach, G, London
1998
Whitechapel Open Studios, London
1997
Whitechapel Open Studios, London
1996
Displaced A.S.C., London
1995
Factual Nonsense, London
1994
Factual Nonsense, London
1993
Factual Nonsense, London
1992
A Guide For The Perplexed, Factual Nonsense, London
1992
Abstractions From a Domestic Suburb Scene, Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London
1992
Empty Gestures, Diorama, London
1991
One Man Down, The Pearson Gallery, UCL, London
1991
The Courtauld Institute Loan Collection, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Publications

Bibliography

 
Artist Statement
Insurgent Works
Video Interviews
Death Of A Curator (03.15) The Colony Room Club (13.19)

Hockney takes a breather
Hockney takes a breather

Acrylic on canvas

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