Khary J. A. Darby (36) is a Jamaican painter with a sweet-tooth for ritualistic gore nudity and raw, natural atmosphere. Schooled at Edna Manley College of the Visual Arts, Darby has quite a resumé: 9 worth-to-mention exhibitions in the past few years, important awards and other achievements as well (he’s been the Curatorial Assistant of the National Gallery of Jamaica for 2 years, until 2009).
His artworks picture pain and mortality in a more peaceful way, as a form of inner fulfillment. His western art-influenced, prevalent brown paintings, are the result of more than 15 years of activity and they build a collection of delirious faces of impermanence and decay.
“History of the world has given birth to an almost universal atmosphere of uncertainty and psychic exposure. This decomposition presents a clearing for me- this is a fissure in consciousness, a place where images can emerge”, the artists explains.
Khary Darby’s paintings bring to life an alternative reality where models become unique pieces in a gigantic cosmogony puzzle. His artistic influences go way back to the roots of his native environment and history, with a traditional predilection for ritual and sacrifice, embedding both vegetal and animal regnums into some sort of human desecration process.
The second-reality, the multiperspectivist truth and the real meaning of humanity in our times are few of Darby’s final concerns, as described in his artist statement: “I want to argue for painting as a means of elaborating an alternative real. A real constructed to reflect a more fundamental and mysterious brand of truthfulness – a subjective truth. In the end we may discover, that what we dredge up are mere figments – instincts and obsessions that both confirm and collapse our expectations about what it means to be human in the twenty first century”.
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