The female form is a favourite and recurrent subject matter preferred by Drew Darcy, and the pursuit of picturing them in a sexually alluring contextual surround, often conveying a sense of sexual tension in the painted mix. This is having previously dedicated hours to the compiling of photographs, setting up scenes and general gathering of resources which serve as the habitual starting point for a typical Darcy piece. Intimacy is the key illustrative vibe and ambience which Darcy is keen to front and uphold, whilst concurrently aiming to capture a degree of transient movement and bespoke realism to the evocative study.
Born in 1976 in Shrewsbury, situated near the Welsh border in Shropshire, England, Darcy was the eldest of two boys, the son of a doctor and nurse. Darcy is of the opinion that his creative side has been handed down through his mother’s side
of the family, on account of both music and art being an integral part of her childhood in Dublin as one of ten siblings. Indeed, music is another string to Darcy’s bow, and something which he tends to hold in equal importance to his art, and which he explains forms an unlikely collaborator in his compositional process. “In the time waiting for the paint to dry, music and song writing is another creative output for me. Music has always been a huge passion of mine. My studio has a microphone and guitar at arm’s reach. I find myself working at best with music, lyrics and canvas. I can easily lose myself as the hours rush by in this intense creative environment” Drew Darcy.
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