Artist Statement

 
 
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I love the sense of belonging.

Every individual has hundreds of overlapping communities and connections to each other. We joyfully form lasting bonds identifying similarities with each other. This isn’t too far from the theory of six degrees of separation. It says that any person on the planet can be connected to any other through a chain of acquaintances. I’m using some of that idea but exploring it visually using lace as a metaphor for the web of connections that exists within each of us. Whether I’m painting a thicket of sprawling fauna in an invented rain forest or inking joyful figures together in a fantastical composition the message is the same; we are all part of something great. When we come together to share an experience we are building community and our worlds expand infinitely and overlap in an intricate pattern of relationships. I want to reconstruct those narrative patterns of figures and fauna using saturated color and mixed media to create a sense of joy in both the compositional process and the viewer’s experience of the work. 

For 25 years I lived on the side of a mountain in the Hudson Valley. My only neighbors were towering trees, herds of deer, streaming sunlight and spectacular seasons of color. I think the impression of that time and those elements has left an imprint in the back of my vision. I create with those colors and shapes of prolific natural growth and beauty. I prefer to send a message that the world is teaming with energy and joy.

 
 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

rebecca darlington

VISUAL ARTIST

EDUCATION

2000-09 Woodstock School of Art Alexander, Fasoldt, Nelson, Segalman, Cline, Scheele

1979 BFA University of Georgia, Athens, GA 

1975 Bronze Casting University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy 



REPRESENTATION

2018-present DavidsonPivotGallery.com Chelsea, New York, NY, on 1stdibs.com 

2012-15 Gallery 66 NY Cold Spring, NY

2001-08 Painter’s Tavern Cornwall on Hudson, NY



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Commercial Workspace The Commons, New York, NY

2018 Figurative Landscapes ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, NY            

2015 Color Compass Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY

2015 Color Blast 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson, NY

2014 Layers Upon Layers Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY

2014 The Love Factory 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson, NY

2014 Attitude Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY

2013 Birthing Beauty Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY

2012 iScroll The Studios at 75 Broadway, Newburgh, NY

2008 Made in France CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France

2007 Evolution Art 2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson, NY

2006 Chasing Rainbows Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall on Hudson, NY



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017 Mixed Company ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, NY

2017 Open Studios CAMAC Artist Residency, Marnay-sur-Seine, FR

2015 The Farm Project 2015 Installation, 10th Collaborative Concepts 

Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY

2015 The Art of Healing Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY

2015 Encaustic and Collage ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, NY

2014 Winter Showcase Skylight Gallery, New York, NY

2013 Small Works 2D/3D Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2013 Human Form Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2008 Illuminations SUNY Orange Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, NY

2008 Madness, Light & Dark The Art Upstairs, Phoenicia, NY

2008 Artist of the Catskills Michael Nelson Gallery, Saugerties, NY

2008 Hopscotch A.S.K., Kingston, NY, Curated by Steven Evans of DIA

2007 Members Show Woodstock Artist Assoc. & Museum, Woodstock, NY



COLLECTIONS


PRIVATE: 

Phoenix, AZ;  Los Angeles, CA;  Marnay sur Seine, FR;  Chicago, IL;  Indianapolis, IN;  Columbus, OH;  Brasstown, NC;  

South Orange, NJ;  Swedesboro, NJ;  Cornwall on Hudson, NY; Cornwall, NY;  Cold Spring, NY;  Great Neck, NY;  Rhinebeck, NY;  New York, NY;

Newburgh, NY;  Poughkeepsie, NY;  Westchester, NY;  Yonkers, NY;  Philadelpia, PA;  Austin TX;  Dallas, TX; Houston, TX;  Midland, TX


PUBLIC:

Brooklyn Art Library, Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn, NY


COMMISSIONS

2018-19 Play as a Team, Mobile Skylight Installation 

Bonnaroo Works Fund, Arts at the Airport

Nashville International Airport, Concourse B, Nashville, TN


AWARDS

2019 Fellowship Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA, Moulin A Nef, FR

2018 Fellowship Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA, Amherst, VA

2017 Fellowship Salem Art Works, Salem, NY

2017 Fellowship CAMAC, Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, Champagne, FR

2014 Scholarship New York Studio School Sculpture Marathon

2008 Fellowship CAMAC, Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, Champagne, FR

2008 Travel Grant SOS, NYFA


PRESS

2019 Surface Pattern UPPERCASE Magazine, Issue #41 [ills.]

Design Guide

2018 The Living Form Coda Work Magazine, virtual [ills.]

2017 Summer Issue Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 40 [ill.]

2017 Winter Issue Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 36 [ill.]

2015 Summer Anchor Magazine, [ills.]

2014 Spring Issue Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 12, [ill.]

2013 Rebecca Darlington: Leslie Fandrich Articles, virtual, [ills.]

Another Life

 

‘amalgam of wildly inventive fantasia’

8/14/2017 Kingston Times