Darren Waterston

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The Hermit's Paradise (2012) by Darren Waterston

Darren Waterston (born 1965) is an American artist who is mainly known for his ethereal paintings. He is represented by DC Moore Gallery, New York, and Inman Gallery in Houston, TX.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Waterson was born in California in 1965.[2] He received his BFA at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.[3] From 1986-87 he studied at the Akademie der Kunst, Berlin, Germany and Fachhochschule für Kunst, Münster, Germany.[4]

Artistry[edit]

In 2011, Waterston finished Forest Eater which comprised approximately fifty paintings and works on paper and four site-specific sculptures. The largest of the sculptures is “Wrath,” a forbidding eighteen-foot long vertical lava formation, which hung from the museum’s ceiling. The project was conceived specifically for the Honolulu Contemporary Art Museum [5]

Filthy Lucre[edit]

Filthy Lucre, also known as Uncertain Beauty, presents a dystopian version of The Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler’s 1876 decorative masterpiece. [6] Waterston's work, like The Peacock Room, probes and considers the conflation of painting, architecture, patronage, and artistic ego. The project was conceived specifically for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and first exhibited in 2014.[7] In May 2015, it opened at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, while The Peacock Room of the adjoining Freer Gallery of Art undergoes renovation. [8]

Critical reception[edit]

Of The Flowering: The Fourfold Sense, DeWitt Cheng wrote: "Darren Waterston’s older paintings were lyrical misty landscapes with silhouetted flora and fauna. His newer works, symbolist abstractions, become mindscapes in which ambiguous transparent forms arise, float, flutter, and sink amid mist, clouds, swirls, drips, and vermicular coils of brushstrokes; each image with its poetic cycles of life represents the cosmos as 'a divine chaos.'"[9]

Sue Taylor wrote: "Adept at a myriad of fluid effects, Waterston is a virtuosic colorist as well, enlivening the palest mauve and power-blue fogs with passages of burning orange or hot pink. In these apocalyptic dreams, he imagines flashing, otherworldly realms at the brink of consciousness."[10]

Of Waterston's exhibition Last Days, Regina Hackett wrote: "If there's a more imitated painter in America than Darren Waterston, I can't imagine who it would be. Waterston's silky rot and colored goo are gorgeous. They imply a world in which the air has evolved to carry a weightless and more sophisticated kind of consciousness. Working in oils on panel, Waterston creates worlds inside the world, what Gerald Manley Hopkins' described in God's Grandeur: 'Because the Holy Ghost over the bent/ World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.' In the current exhibit, titled 'Last Days,' Waterston merges beauty with blight. He paints starlight inside a cave, roots in the air, and minerals dissolving into liquids. 'Fallen' features a hollowed-out and free-floating tree trunk. White orchids with stale, shadowed edges hang suspended under fragments of enameled blue sky."[11]

Solo exhibitions[edit]

2014

  • Uncertain Beauty, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

2012

  • Remote Futures, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY

2011

  • Kingdom, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • The Forest Eater, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI. Traveled to Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010

  • Calling Beauty, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
  • Anatomies, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • New Monotypes, Smith Anderson Editions, Palo Alto, CA

2009

  • Splendid Grief: Darren Waterston and the Afterlife of Leland Stanford Jr., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Recent Paintings & Works on Paper, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Recent Editions, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA

2008

  • Aurora, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Last Days, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2007

  • Salon, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Constellations and The Flowering (The Fourfold Sense), Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR
  • Fugue, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

2006

  • Was and Is Not and Is to Come, site-specific mural, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Hyle, Galerie Jan-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris, France

2005

  • Turning Back In, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • New Paintings, Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004

  • Notations, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • Delirium, First Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
  • Chimera, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Thirteen Paintings, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2003

  • Darren Waterston: Scapes, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
  • Ghosts, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
  • Infatuated River, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Works on Paper, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2002

  • Works on Paper, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
  • Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

2001

  • Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
  • Seven Heavens, Haines, Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2000

  • Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Monoprints & Works On Paper, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

1999

  • Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • In the Reeds and Rushes, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

1998

  • Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  • Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997

  • Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
  • Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • KOPAC, Seoul, Korea

1996

  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995

  • Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
  • Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1994

  • Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY

1993

  • Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

1992

  • Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Elegies, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

1991

  • Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990

  • Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

Selected collections[edit]

  • Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
  • Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
  • Eli Broad Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
  • Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
  • Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
  • Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
  • Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
  • Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
  • Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Tacoma Art Museum, WA
  • U.C.L.A. Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2005 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, Umbertide, Italy
  • 2004 Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute, CA

Selected books and catalogues[edit]

  • Miller, Tyrus; Darren, Waterston (2007), The Flowering (The Fourfold Sense), San Francisco: Gallery 16 
  • Baas, Jacquelynn; Burgard, Timothy; Pagel, David; Waterston, Darren (2007), Darren Waterston: Representing the Invisible, Milan: Charta, p. 125, ISBN 9788881586240 
  • Waterston, Darren; Mark, Doty (2013), A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures, Prestel, p. 108, ISBN 3791347578 
  • 2007 Cathy Kimball, “Apocalypse Now”, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, catalog.
  • 2006 David Pagel, Galerie Jean-Luc and Takako Richard, catalog.
  • 2003 Jacquelynn Baas, “Material, Immaterial: Waterston’s Ghosts,” Charles Cowles Gallery, catalog.
  • 2001 Benjamin Weissman, “Story of Waterston,” Darren Waterston (monograph), St. Ann’s Press, Los Angeles.
  • 2000 Tim Burton, Kohn Turner Gallery, catalog.
  • 2000 Carmine Iannaccone, “An Anatomy of Beguilement: Style in the Work of Darren Waterston,” Kohn Turner Gallery, catalog.
  • 1999 Peter Clothier, “In the Reeds and the Rushes,” The Fresno Art Museum, catalog.
  • 1997 Noriko Gamblin, “Darren Waterston,” Charles Cowles Gallery, catalog.
  • 1992 Noriko Gamblin, “Elegies,” Long Beach Museum of Art, catalog.
  • 2012 DC Moore Gallery, "Remote Futures (exhibition catalogue) http://www.dcmooregallery.com/publications/darren-waterston-remote-futures-2012 DC Moore Gallery, 2012
  • Waterston, Darren; Mark, Doty (2013), A Swarm, A Flock, A Host: A Compendium of Creatures, Prestel, p. 108, ISBN 3791347578 

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