26 September - 8 November 2019
2A Bathurst Street, London, W2 2SD
Introducing Against the Tide, Darren Coffield’s most shocking and subversive exhibition yet.
Using visual wit to confront and
interpret historical, cultural and political issues, this September,
British artist, Darren Coffield, will be exhibiting his latest series of
paintings at Dellasposa Gallery. The solo exhibition confronts
contemporary anxieties around immigration, fake news, and the “dilemma
of identity” in the 21st Century.
“I hope this exhibition evokes a sense
of dislocation, spurring the viewer to question the moral and political
crossroads our civilisation has now reached”, says Darren Coffield.
In the last 20 years, more than 60,000
migrant deaths have been recorded globally. In this new group of work
inspired by the Old Master paintings in the National Maritime Museum,
Greenwich, Coffield fuses classical inspirations with digital
distortions, “I became interested in how these images of this
humanitarian crisis are represented in the media. My works take
classical images and combines them with the digital glitches you get
from a bad signal, breaking up the composition with coloured stripes
that evoke the banality of the British seaside: bright stripy deck
chairs and sticks of rock.” With these colourful stripes, he creates an
eerie juxtaposition, using the beach as a cultural reference to explore
its uses as a place of leisure as well as death.
The people depicted become anonymous
with these digital glitches, resembling the barcodes associated with
relentless mass production, vast consumerism and scale, reinforcing the
sheer quantity of people directly affected by mass migration. Coffield’s
paintings evoke the duality of anonymity and individualism of migration
and travel: bringing this wave of humanity to the forefront of the
viewer’s mind and exposing its unrelenting reality. Desperate,
overfilling ships and boats ebb and wane in the beating sun, while the
bodies of Coffield’s figurative works are left hopelessly beached. The
detail in the paintings forces the viewer to confront that this is this
is not happening in some faraway land to beings unlike ourselves.
Visible to all and ignored by many, this is an ongoing, urgent and often
Coffield has exhibited at many major art
institutions, including the National Portrait Gallery, The Courtauld
Institute and Turner Contemporary. His work is collected by Royalty,
politicians and famous celebrities.
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