Darren Siwes

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Darren Siwes (b 1968, Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian artist. He is of Indigenous and Dutch descent.

He completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons), (1996) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (1997) at the University of South Australia.

He has a unique style of photographing familiar South Australian landmarks, and using long exposure to reveal the ghostly figure of an Aboriginal man in a suit and tie onto the image. More recently he has used female figures in this same style. Siwes' work is political in this sense[clarification needed].

He says he is inspired by contemporary Indigenous Australian artists such as Tracey Moffatt and Gordon Bennett, and is interested in exploring the possibilities of Aboriginal art in new forms and new media.

Siwes is represented by Greenaway Art Gallery,Adelaide,Australia & Nellie Castan Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.[1]


  • 2002, Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship

Individual exhibitions[edit]

  • 2001, Misperceptions, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Nellie Caston Gallery, Melbourne
  • 1997, Fall, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • 1997, Horizon Scenes, University of California, Irvine Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1996, Castles in the Air, Metro Galleries, Brisbane
  • 1996, Natural Alibis, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

Selected group exhibitions[edit]



  1. ^ *Darren Siwes on Artabase