Darren Coffield – In Pursuit of Things Past

Artlyst, April 10, 2017

A new exhibition of still-life paintings by the provocative contemporary artist, Darren Coffield, alongside portraits by the rising portrait painter, Isabella Watling.

 

In Pursuit of Things Past offers a Proustian meditation on time, memory, and the aesthetic impulse.

 

Unveiling a new series of paintings by Darren Coffield, the artist uses as his motif still-life paintings after the 18th century French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699-1779). Darren Coffield draws parallels with Proust’s rumination on time past and time present by examining how we see and perceive the world around us.

 

Alongside Coffield’s portraits are recent works by the young apprentice to Velásquez and Titian, Isabella Watling. Trained at the Charles H. Cecil studio in Florence – the oldest artist atelier in Europe, where da Vinci is known to visit – Watling practices the sight-size technique of painting. She continues to paint from life, following in the footsteps of the Old Masters, by considered observation of her subjects; a vision in unison with memory, which expresses the greater reality of light, colour, and form.