The work: Darren Munce, Concrete Fields. Oil, acrylic, graphite and pencil on canvas, 121 x 152cm, framed.
Melbourne-based artist Darren Munce explores the relationship between geometry, line and colour. Concrete Fields is an observational work that draws from the colours and cues of urban landscapes. The forms constructed create a sense of rigidity reminiscent of a cityscape, yet there is an overall cohesion to the work cultivated by the flow of colour across the planes. This balance of harmony and dissonance is a compelling feature in Darren’s work and drives exploration in his practice. In his layered application of oil, acrylic paint and graphite pencil, he gives immersive dimension to the work. “I’m really drawn to the technical and historical aspects of the craft of painting; developing and understanding methods and processes that surround the language of abstraction,” he says. Darren’s technically structured forms, offset by playful line work, brings a new edge to his medium and forges new relationships between space, colour and line.