Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
The practice of Northern Irish artist Colin Darke is engaged, committed and political. His interests lead him to question notions of language and image, to set up sites of intersection between the public and the personal, between political theory and lived reality.
Born and raised in England, Darke went to art school in the 1970s at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Even as a young artist, he saw strong links between his personal beliefs and his artistic practice. After becoming increasingly disillusioned with Thatcherite England in the 1980s, he moved to Northern Ireland in 1988 to examine British Imperialism first hand, to sort out his politics, and through this experience “to make better art." After ten years he is still living and working there, having figured out for himself the role that art should play in life and politics.
Darke nudges at the boundaries of reading and writing, past and present, public and private, dominant and subordinate. His work conveys a sense of turning things inside out and outside in—to confound the habitual process through which things are perceived and described.