artist's statement

Tension is attractive to me. There is an energy in tension that comes from the vibration between particular qualities. Imprecision and exactness, humor and solemnity, structure and improvisation, bright red and bright turquoise, whatever they might be, they seem more interesting set against each other. Those tensions, both physical and cognitive, act to animate the static object.

My painting has, over time, moved from the abstract to the representational and back again, always examining the roles of content, narrative and procedure. I currently employ a process of making multiple small paintings, then arranging them, repainting them, rotating them and repainting them again, usually multiple times until something clicks. And if it clicks too easily, I turn it upside down.

I’ve started to allow personal experience to influence the decision-making process, attaching narrative aspects to particular colors and arrangements. These influences exist uneasily with the desire to avoid static interpretations, but acknowledge a desire to create a sense of logic out of overwhelming chaos.

Darryl Vance
October, 2018


Darryl Vance is an artist living near Oranmore, Ireland. A graduate of The Atlanta College of Art, his work has been featured in one-person and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe for over 30 years. It is also included in private collections throughout North America and Europe.

Working in a diverse range of media including photography, video, audio, billboards, performance, conceptual art and painting, he has shown at the Venice Biennale, Arts Festival of Atlanta, Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, DC, The Passdoor in Sonoma County California, and most recently at the Westport Music and Arts Festival in Westport, Ireland.