Darren Gannon has been exhibiting his work in both Sydney and Melbourne for several years now. In that time he has held multiple solo shows and has been involved in several group exhibitions and included as a finalist in several prestigious art prizes. Gannon’s work has gained a significant following resulting in sell out shows.
His first exhibition was held at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in Sydney in 2005, and as a result of the popularity of the work he was asked to conduct various Master classes on technique and composition at Hazelhurst Gallery Art School. Since that time Gannon has been appointed to Hazelhurst Gallery’s Exhibition Selection committee, and has been involved in the formation of many of the gallery’s significant shows. In 2006 Gannon was invited by the curators of the gallery to participate in a Residency at Lake Leaghur Research station in the Lake Mungo National Park. The residency culminated in a group exhibition at the gallery called ‘Mungo, Interpreting Land’.
Gannon works mainly from the landscape. He makes regular trips to a desired location, producing pictures plein air and taking a multitude of photographs. He states he does not like to make work about a landscape that he hasn’t experienced first hand. Back at the studio, Gannon will develop these references into finished pictures. As he explains, the work is representational, not simply a rendering of a specific place or photograph. Elements of the original inspiration are abstracted and atmosphere is added.
In the past couple of years Gannon has reduced his palette significantly, the work now appears almost monochromatic. The reason for this shift is to create a heightened emotional response from the viewer, and satisfy his desire to create pictures with an emphasis on light.
Gannon’s work is now held in several National and International collections. Access to his work is available via Libby Edwards Galleries in Melbourne or by private appointment in other states and territories.
He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.