Darryl Westly

Darryl Westly’s unique painting style makes use of disrupted space, disjointed landscapes, and pixelated environments as he examines culture and ethnicity as seen through our hand-held screens. Using a signature layered aesthetic, Westly melds the mental and the physical, historical elements and present-day tropes, reality, and performance of the self; all boundaries become blurred. Up close, his large-scale paintings appear to be an abstraction of colorful liquescent shapes. However, on closer examination, the forms assemble into recognizable moments in history, absorbed into contemporary scenes of idealistic “pics” referencing selfie and FOMO culture. As the line between reality and fiction becomes thinner, Westly wants us to embrace the mess and grow to love and understand a newfound ambivalence. In his Odalisque paintings, beautiful women cuddle Hello Kitty plush toys in apart art-historical reference, part curated post. In other scenes a family-friendly patio table is set before a porn site pop up window a Greco-Roman muse teeters before a Ricci-esque African chambermaid, both floating in timeless and jumbled pixelated space. Chandeliers and flowers appear as signifiers of false opulence while hints of blue sky and greenery attempt to break through the internet takeover, reminding us that there is a world beyond the screen.

Darryl Westly (b. 1989 Chicago, IL) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2014 and previously completed the PrattInstitute Sculpture Program. After graduating, Westly was recruited to work as a finish painter under artist Jeff Koons. In 2016, he participated in the Beirut Art Residency Program. He has had a solo exhibition at ParisTexasLA Gallery LA, included in notable group exhibitions includingVanquishing Ocular curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg at East Hampton’s RentalGallery, Ways To Die by The Bruce High Quality Foundation, been featured as part of ArtCentral Hong Kong with Cuturi Gallery in Singapore and has exhibited as part of the WatermillGala’s Annual Benefit, and has shown with the Nars Foundation in New York. Currently, he paints full-time and exhibits his work internationally. His studio is in Industry City, Brooklyn.

Education
2010-2014
The Cooper Union BFA
2007-2009
Pratt Institute Sculpture Program
Solo Exhibitions
2019
Interior/Exterior, November 16th-December 21st, PARISTEXASLA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Residences
2016
Beirut Art Residency Program, September 1st-October 29th, Beirut Art Residency, Beirut, Lebanon
Projects
2020
Interior/Exterior, Jan 9th-February 10th, Soho House West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
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
Group Exhibitions
2020
Animal Kingdom, June 10-July 29th, Alexander Berggruen Gallery, New York NY
2020
In Full Bloom, March 5-March 29th, Cuturi Gallery, Pacific Plaza, Singapore
2020
Fragmented Bodies, February 27-April 18th, Albertz Benda, New York NY
2019
Vanquishing Ocular Curated by David Salle and Nicole Wittenberg, July 20th-August19th, 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-April24th, 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, NewYork, 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, NewYork, 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,NewYork
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, WayfarersGallery 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, RedHook, NY
2017
Art Athina with Club Pro LA and The Institute for New Feeling, May 26th-28th Taekwon Do Pavillion, Athens, Greece
2017
Bam Presents: The Alan Gala, March21st–April 4th Brooklyn, NY2017 (=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

Darryl Westly

Interior/Exterior Sunshine (Flowers), 2020

Oil on canvas

24 x 24 inches

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