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Darren Coffield

Born in London in 1969, Darren Coffield received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Slade School of Art in 1993. Since then, Coffield has been a key figure on the British art scene, exhibiting in the company of Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and Gilbert and George at venues including the Courtauld Institute and Somerset House, and his work can be found in esteemed collections around the world. Coffield is known for his controversial portraiture: in 2003, his portrait of Ivan Massow, former chairman of the ICA in full fox hunting costume, sent ripples through the art-world when it was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Shortly after, Coffield followed the painting with contentious depictions of George Galloway, Molly Parkin, and former Miner’s Union leader Arthur Scargill, crafted entirely from coal dust. Many of Coffield’s paintings are rich with allusion, often referencing cultural and political events, as well as depicting other artists, from the Romantics to his twenty-first century contemporaries. In his ‘Paradox Portraits’ series, Coffield distorts the faces of well-known artists, in "an exploration of celebrity, identity and perception.” A selection of his limited edition prints are available to buy at artrepublic.
Born in London in 1969, Darren Coffield received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the Slade School of Art in 1993. Since then, Coffield has been a key figure on the British art scene, exhibiting in the company of Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Patrick Caulfield and Gilbert and George at venues including the Courtauld Institute and Somerset House, and his work can be found in esteemed collections around the world. Coffield is known for his controversial portraiture: in 2003, his portrait of Ivan Massow, former chairman of the ICA in full fox hunting costume, sent ripples through the art-world when it was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Shortly after, Coffield followed the painting with contentious depictions of George Galloway, Molly Parkin, and former Miner’s Union leader Arthur Scargill, crafted entirely from coal dust. Many of Coffield’s paintings are rich with allusion, often referencing cultural and political events, as well as depicting other artists, from the Romantics to his twenty-first century contemporaries. In his ‘Paradox Portraits’ series, Coffield distorts the faces of well-known artists, in "an exploration of celebrity, identity and perception.” A selection of his limited edition prints are available to buy at artrepublic.

Darren Coffield

Art Prints & Original Works

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