Me, Myself and Margate: Darren Lewis

Dates:16 September 2022 to 27 September 2022
Times:Daily 10am - 6pm

This is Darren’s first solo exhibition at the Pie Factory Gallery following 7 consecutive years co-exhibiting at the gallery with fellow artist and good friend Ross Andrews.

This year provides an opportunity for Darren to display for the first time, a collection of intimate, personal, and private paintings that will be on view to the public for the very first time. For those that have visited past exhibitions, viewers will be familiar with the Margate Sunsets backdrops to his harbour paintings which he is gaining an increasing reputation for.

This exhibition, ‘Me, Myself and Margate’, offers you a glimpse into Darren’s personal life. The standard sunsets of Margate Harbour are woven between paintings of his family (including his pets). Other places of interest, such as the local bays of Botany, Kingsgate, Viking, Minnis and Walpole convey his passion for the sky, sea and sand. There are also paintings of past trips abroad, and in particular, his love of the Turkish Riviera. A childhood memory of Northdown Park and a rare self-portrait in the studio provide a more personal insight.

However, having lived by the sea for 50 years, visual coastlines are ingrained in his make-up.
Living in Margate, he paints the things he sees around him, the things he knows well and is comfortable with.

Darren has had previous paintings featured in 3 International Art Magazines; Modern Painters (2000), Paint and Draw (2017, issue 9) and he was the editor’s choice in Leisure Painter (March 2017). Darren has also featured on the front cover of Margate Mercury (Spring issue) 2017 and articles in Kent Life Magazine and Isle Magazine (both 2017). Darren’s previous exhibitions at the Pie factory with Ross Andrews have featured in the BBC South East News Today TV programme in 2016, 2019 and 2020. Darren also had two paintings selected for the Turner Contemporary Open Exhibition in 2021.

Essentially, Darren is a painter from Margate and a painter of Margate. His work sits traditionally in seascapes, expressing with a command of colour, the qualities of light and form of his chosen locations. Locality remains critical in his approach to all his work, expressing his perception of his instant surroundings.

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