Darcy Mann’s paintings and drawings are a tangle of layers. In the drawings, it’s charcoal and mark, in the paintings, it’s colour, paint, and brush stroke; and sometimes the removal of all this. She works from chaos to order and back to chaos again.
Thick layers of oil paint ooze to the surface and then recede in the canvases “Left” and “Fall Bush”. Up close the paintings are spontaneous and carefree with glorious drips of paint and bold brush strokes. Moving back, they are composed settling in to an ordered chaos.
In the two drawings “Alder Grove” and “Forest”, Mann begins with strong and defined marks using charcoal on paper. As the process continues she smudges and erases until nature, in it’s simplest form, is revealed.
above: “Left”, oil on canvas, 44″ x 42″ below: “Alder Grove”, charcoal on paper, 30″ x 32″
Darcy Mann was born in Vancouver, Canada. She received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, and an MFA from Texas A&M University. During her Masters program, she spent a semester as an artist-in-residence in Israel. In 1990 she moved to New York, and was part of the first wave of artists that pioneered Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She spent the next fourteen years living and working in Williamsburg where she was involved in many of the early events that turned the neighbourhood into an art world mecca. Mann moved back to Vancouver with her family in 2003. She shares a studio with her husband, sculptor and writer, Dion Kliner.
Mann has exhibited in Canada and the United States, and is a past recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Award. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, NY Newsday, and most recently at twocoatsofpaint.com.