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Up close, his large-scale paintings appear to be an abstraction of colorful liquescent shapes. However, on closer examination the forms assemble into recognizable moments in history, absorbed into contemporary scenes of idealistic “pics” referencing selfie and FOMO culture. As the line between reality and fiction becomes thinner, Westly wants us to embrace the mess and grow to love and understand a new found ambivalence.

 

Paintings

In his Odalisque paintings, beautiful women ​cuddle Hello Kitty plush toys in apart art-historical reference, part curated post. In other scenes a family-friendly patio table is set before a porn site pop up window a Greco-Roman muse teeters before a Ricci-esque African chamber maid, both floating in timeless and jumbled pixelated space. Chandeliers and flowers appear as signifiers of false opulence while hints of blue sky and greenery attempt to break through the internet takeover, reminding us that there is a world beyond the screen.

 

About the Artist

Darryl Westly (b. 1989 Chicago, IL) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2014 and previously completed the Pratt Institute Sculpture Program.

 

Jeff Koons

After graduating, Westly was recruited to work as a finish painter under artist Jeff Koons. In 2016, he participated in the Beirut Art Residency Program.

He has had a solo exhibition at ParisTexasLA Gallery LA, been included in notable group exhibitions including ​Vanquishing Ocular ​curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg at East Hampton’s Rental Gallery, ​

Ways To Die b​y The Bruce High Quality Foundation,

been featured as part of Art Central Hong Kong with Cuturi Gallery in SIngapore and has exhibited as part of the Watermill Gala’s Annual Benefit, and has shown with the Nars Foundation in New York.

 

Currently, he paints full-time and exhibits his work internationally. His studio is in Industry City, Brooklyn.

Some of Darryl’s recent press, click the links to read

Artsy

Interview Magazine

Whitewall

Art & Object

Timeout Singapore

Juxtapoz

Frontrunner

Quiet Lunch

Office Magazine

Moodie Davitt Report

Milk Made

INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, 2019,

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Darryl Westly at Zebra One Gallery

C’EST LA VIE, 2016,

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INTERIOR/EXTERIOR MAGNOLIA, 2019

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