Born in 1974 in a coastal town of North Wales, Kerry Darlington’s talent was fuelled by beautiful old picture books (Rackham, Dulac and Beardsley were favourites) which developed into gaining a degree in illustration in 1996. Following university she left the UK to work in Bolivia, South America, an adventure which intensified the vibrancy and creativity of her work.
Kerry Darlington worked for years in pen and ink perfecting her drawing skills before diversifying into watercolours and later, a variety of mediums, acrylic and oil. Following her experience with the clay murals, she became interested in painting upon heavy textures and experimented widely to produce original effects.
Her acrylic paintings are uniquely formed upon board or canvas first, using texture and gessos. The colour is then built upon with several transparent layers to create depth.
Kerry Darlington’s abstract pieces were initially based upon satellite photographs of Earth which created the ‘Volcanic’ collection in 2005/2006. This has since diversified to include contemporary landscapes and figure work, all carrying her unique style.
Kerry’s work has become increasingly sought after by collectors, and in 2007 she was a finalist in the ‘Best Up-and-Coming Published Artist’ category in the Fine Art trade Guild Awards, as voted by sales in UK Galleries.
Her work continues to evolve, and she is currently experimenting with figurative oil paintings, using her contemporary style alongside the realistic painting.
Kerry combines all of these influences to create work which is innovative, individual and inspirational. Her work is in huge demand, and in 2012 and again in 2014 she was named as the UK’s best-selling published artist for her extraordinary unique editions.