Darren Wardle

New Paintings

September 14 - October 14, 2006

Block, 2005, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 x 54 in (183 x 137 cm)

Platinum, 2006, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 in (61 x 76 cm)

Paparazzi, 2004, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in (122 x 122 cm)

Ram Raid, 2005, oil and acrylic on canvas, 66 x 72 in (168 x 183 cm)

Resident Effect, 2006, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 42 in (122 x 107 cm)

Fortress LA, 2006, oil and acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 in (122 x 152 cm)

Stux Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Australian

painter Darren Wardle. Wardle's new paintings explore the extended possibilities of the

painting process, resulting in seamless, nearly cinematic urban landscapes.

Continually exploring new “spaces” such as those produced by the aftereffects of

industry’s impact on the landscape, Wardle attempts to realize the “unreal” in his quest to

capture manmade urban abstractions. Invoking the now iconic architectural phenomenon

of the suburban office-scape, the artist, who sites Ridley Scott’s 1980’s classic cult film

Bladerunner as a major influence, renders a seemingly post-apocalyptic view of his


Wardle’s painting process is multifaceted, and begins with photography. Combining

original photographic prints, transparencies and projections, he ultimately utilizes digital

technology to create sublime layered synthetic topographies. The resulting works are

made, without exception, by hand, in oils with a brush, and do not employ the use of

airbrushing or other elaborate painting devices.

Through an amalgam of similar architectural elements (futuristic swimming pools,

parking lots and office buildings) Wardle highlights the temporal nature of architecture.

The paintings are sparse, creating an eerily familiar sense of place, a sort of architectural

Déjà Vu, with landscapes free from the constraints of geographic distance and urban