Biography

Darryl Westly is a mixed media artist and curator whose paintings layer hyperrealism, architectural elements with idealized landscapes and art historical references. Westly graduated from Pratt Institute as a sculpture major and holds a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and the Arts. A former assistant to celebrity pop artist Jeff Koons, the Chicago-born painter currently works alongside the art collective Bruce High Quality in Brooklyn and in his studio in Manhattan. He has curated shows for Christie’s Auction House, FiveMyles and Miranda Kuo, and most recently was commissioned to design a Digital watch for Fossil.

 

The artist uses bright, tropical colours to capture the sentiment of the American dream, which he titles his first series of work. The vibrant florals and well-constructed architectural designs imply a pleasurable and much-needed vacation from the quotidian life, taking the viewer on a journey into a coastal destination. However, Westly took a stance on the national ethos, “the legend of American exceptionalism and the reality of current of events has created a steep contrast between the dream and reality of what this country really represents throughout the world today.” He started with foods, particularly the most popular foods in America as recorded by internet trends and decided to paint the early images in a photorealist style that recalls mass-market consumerist advertisements. Eventually he began to use those images found within popular design and travel magazines after being struck by the often-colonizing language used to exotify certain countries while regaling others.

 

Through his work, Westly shows impressive variety in style, as his second collection of work is vastly different from his more standard work. His second series, The Sleepless has been by extension a diary or catalogue of his time maturing in New York city where the paintings are more ostentatious, with flashy neon fluorescent lights lighting up the night of the urban city. For the new series interior/exterior ‘landscapes’, Westly uses the streets, walls and architecture of Beirut as his inspiration. Colour, voids, shadows and light merge to create a perspective to the past, present and future of the city.

 

Darryl Westly’s works have been exhibited in London, Athens and across USA. In 2016, he was awarded a residency with Beirut Art Residency, Lebanon. 

 

Born in 1989 in Chicago, United States.

Lives and works in New York.

 

Solo Exhibtions

2019     Interior/Exterior, November 16th- December 21st, PARISTEXASLA Gallery, Los

              Angeles, CA

 

Group Exhibitions

2019     Vanquishing Ocular Curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg, July 20th

              August 19th, Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2019     Tabula Rasa: The 26th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit and Auction, July

              27th, The Watermill Center, Watermill, NY

2019     100 Sculptures, May 13th-17th, Von Ammon Co and Anonymous gallery, Paris,

              France

2019     Chromatic Reveries, April 5th- April 24th, Nars Foundation, New York, NY

2018     Signs Foretelling, November 29th - December 2nd, Rata Projects, New York, NY

2018     Classic Nouveau, October 27th - December 5th, Latchkey Gallery, New York, NY

2018     Independent Art Book Fair, September 21st - September 23rd, 307 Kent Avenue,

              New York, NY

2018    10 years / 100 Sculptures, September 21st - November 3rd, Anonymous Gallery,

              Mexico City, Mexico

2018     01: Never Mind The Bollocks, September 18th - October 21st, Latchkey Gallery,

              New York, NY

2018     Pleasure Over Matter, August 17th - August 31st, Private Collection, San Francisco,

              SF

2018     Meet Us At The Dumpster Fire, June 1st – July 6th, That That Gallery, Los Angeles

2018     Ways to Die, March 10th – March 29th, The Bruce High Quality Foundation,

              Brooklyn, New York

2017     Sea Change, Oct 4th – Oct 12th, Miranda Kuo Gallery, New York, NY

2017     ATM-Cigarettes-Flowers-Lottery God Bless Deli 2, Sept 29th – Oct 22nd, Wayfarers

              Gallery and Space Heater Gallery, New York, NY

2017     Only With the Heart Can One See Rightly Curated with Teriha Yaegashi, August

              12th, FiveMyles, New York, NY

2017     Close, But Not Touching curated by James Chen and Kristen Lee, July 27th

              August 7th, BiggerCode Gallery, New York, NY

2017     Shed, July 11th, Christies Fine Art Services Storage, Christies Summer Preview, Red

              Hook, NY

2017     Art Athina with Club Pro LA and The Institute for New Feeling, May 26th- 28th Tae

              kwon Do Pavillion, Athens, Greece

2017     Bam Presents: The Alan Gala, March 21st – April 4th Brooklyn, NY

2017     (=Everything is Perfect Here), Feb 28th - March 6th, Spring/Break Art Fair, New

              York, NY

2016     Palma, Palmiers, Palm. June 13th - July 28th, Dickinson Roundell, New York, NY

2016     Summer Group Show of New York Artists, May 31st - August 28th, Coburn Projects,

              London, UK

2016     On Ishton's Porch, January 16th - 17th, Hou Yee Chan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2015     Scent, December 15 - January 11, Dickinson Roundell, New York, NY

2015     The Gruin Transfer, September 9th - October 24th, Solomon Arts Gallery,

              New York, NY

2015     Strangers Forming a group waiting to Kiss, August 15th - 22nd Motel Gallery

              New York, NY

2013     It's Juice is a Medicine for the Eyes, December 14th - January 12th , What it Is

              Gallery, Chicago, IL

2012     The New Americana, November 16-December 12, New Capital Projects, 

              Chicago, IL

2012     Screens, April 10th -14th, 41 Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

2011     End of Story, May 3rd -7th, 41 Cooper Gallery, New York, NY

 

Residencies

2016     Beirut Art Residency Program, September 1st - October 29th, Beirut Art Residency,

              Beirut, Lebanon

 

Projects

2019     Le Grand Odalisque, June 23rd - August 25th, Soho House NY, New York, NY

2018     Brand Ambassador & Digital Watch Designer For Fossil Brand Q Gen 4 Smart

              watch

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