Darryn Ansted

Ansted uses painting as a way to create spaces that recontextualise actual sites with lived experience. His paintings combine the architecture of an urban environment with imagery extracted from his own experience. This uses painting as a tool to create new spaces that use architecture as a screen for the projection of different encounters. This usually involves engaging the contemporary urban landscape in different ways and offers a way to extract from and represent the experience of urban architecture. The resulting work is typically a blend of real landscape elements, conscious artifice and reflection on the artist's own experience of the space in question.

Darryn Ansted (b. 1980 Perth) uses painting to investigate different kinds of space, such as the flat space of abstraction, the space of architectural contexts and the illusory space of landscape painting. Interest in the dynamic history and social contexts of different kinds of space has lead him to participate in over 30 exhibitions in Australia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Significant influences include working on art projects in Amman, Jordan and Leipzig, Germany. He studied Fine Arts and completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2010. He is currently Head of Painting at the School of Design and Art at Curtin University.

Image courtesy of the artist