Libby Edwards Galleries & Art Consultancy

Darren Gannon

Returning to stretches of south coast NSW, Gannon accumulates working drawings on site, sketching elements of weather or impressions of a landscape, in order to generate the content for his paintings back in his Sydney studio. The artist was a finalist in the 2011 Hazelhurst Prize.

Atmosphere is heightened by Gannon’s wonderful shrouding of diffused even light so that the detailed brush work of landforms float on the horizon line. A dream-like mood emanates from the misty bushland and cavernous hillsides.

Following the success of Gannon’s past three solo shows at Libby Edwards Galleries, Gannon has created a solid following for his moody paintings. In the latest series Mountain, the artist explores his overnight experience of Kosciusko National Park in Autumn.

The artist reflects -

Atmosphere and light are the two most significant pictorial elements in a picture for me. One sets the mood and emotion of a piece work, the other dictates the clarity of an image. During that brief period (24 hours) the landscape was subjected to some of the most sublime and threatening conditions I had ever encountered. It is a physically dramatic place, the colours of the palette are limited, however they are bold and strong. It is undeniable beautiful, in its own way. It is not the alpine landscape of Europe or America, there is still that unkempt, untidy but uniquely Australian element to it. There was an immediate connection for me and certainly the prospect of making work from this landscape seemed distinctly possible…

At times I felt it necessary to try to convey the sheer physicality of the place, sharp edges, hard surfaces and unforgiving terrain. Then there are the atmospheric conditions which transform the landscape into something almost other worldly. Silence and purity that can make you almost believe that you are the only one… It is a place that immediately impresses itself on me and continued to move me long after I had returned home.

(Darren Gannon was born in 1969 in Sydney)


Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 ‘Marking New Territory’ Watch this Space Gallery, Alice Springs
2009 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery ‘Art on Paper’ Award Exhibition, Gymea, Sydney
2009 ‘A Still Life’ NGArt - Nicki Ginsburg Galleries, Chippendale, Sydney
2009 ‘Group Show’ Libby Edwards Galleries, Armadale, Melbourne
2009 ‘Group Show’ Libby Edwards Galleries, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
2008 Balmain Art Show, Balmain, Sydney
2008 ‘Teasers’ Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
2007 Balmain Art Show, Balmain, Sydney
2007 ‘Dig’ Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
2007 ‘Teasers’ Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
2007 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery ‘Art on Paper’ Award Exhibition, Gymea, Sydney
2007 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery ‘Mungo Interpreting Land’, Gymea, Sydney
2005 Waverley Art Prize, Bondi, Sydney
2005 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery ‘Southern Exposure 4’, Gymea, Sydney
2004 Waverley Art Prize, Bondi, Sydney
2003 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Art Prize, Gymea, Sydney
2001 Thirroul Art Prize, Thirroul, Wollonging

Solo Exhibitions

2013 'Trace' Libby Edwards Galleries, Armadale Melbourne

2012 'Mountain' Libby Edwards Galleries, Armadale Melbourne 
2011 'Winter Sea' Libby Edwards Galleries, Armadale Melbourne
2010 ‘Veil’ Libby Edwards Galleries, Armadale Melbourne
2009 ‘Exterior Decorating’ Libby Edwards Galleries, Armadale Melbourne
2008 ‘New Paintings’ Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
2007 ‘Uncommon Ground’ Groundfloor Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
2007 ‘Finding Solace’ GroundFloor Gallery, Balmain, Sydney
2006 ‘Country’ Washhouse Gallery, Rozelle, Sydney
2005 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea, Sydney

Teaching
2009 Artist Workshop with Peter Sharp, Canberra Regional Gallery Museum
2008 Artist Workshop with Peter Sharp, Regional NSW
2007 Master class Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
2006 Master class Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
2005 Master class Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea

Board Appointments
2009 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre (Exhibition Working Party) Gymea, Sydney, NSW

Residency
2006 Lake Leaghur Research Station, Lake Mungo National Park, NSW

Press
2011 ‘Artwhatson’ editorial feature
2009 Daily Imprint Blog, 12th May 2009
2007 The Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, March 17-18, pg.16
2007 Australian House & Garden ‘Best on the Best – Best finishing touch: Artwork’ May edition pg.66

Collections
Numerous private commissions/ collections

Travel
2009 Tasmania, Alice Springs, Australia
2008 Alice Springs, Todd River, West Macdonald Ranges, N.T, Australia
2007 Taralga, NSW, Australia
2006 Hong Kong, England, United Kingdom
2006 Mungo, NSW, Australia
2003 Darwin, Litchfield National Park, N.T, Australia
2002 South Pacific Islands
1996-97 Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, England, Luxemburg , England
1993-94 Italy, France, England, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Greece