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Darren Waterston

My dear friends Amy and Jim bought this massive house several months ago in Hudson, NY from the artist Brice Marden. The house is truly magnificent and we call her “The Lavender Ghost.” The entire third floor is a light-filled studio that Amy and Jim generously offered to me while the house is under major renovations. Jim is a painter and will eventually claim his marvelous studio (that’s if he can ever get me to leave) but for the last three months I’ve been “in residency” and it’s been amazing.

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The new body of work I’m creating here is for my March 2018 DC Moore Gallery exhibition called Ecstatic Landscape. I have returned to exploring ideas of the constructed, imagined landscape, not working from observation but instead from strong art historical references.

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I have been particularly influenced by the early independent landscapes of the 16th century German painter Albrecht Aldorfer and the Flemish Primitives.

It’s all about The Netherlands and Northern Renaissance painters for me these days….my biggest inspirations. The watercolor study below entitled Tree Worshipers further explores the construction of pictorial space using both representation and painterly abstraction which is the driving force behind much of this new work.

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The fabulous Lauren Clark stayed with me the first month as my studio assistant extraordinaire. Here we are with Amy Ziff trying to figure out the next move.

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Beatrice is really liking the studio space as well.

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The great poet John Ashbery lived next door to The Lavender Ghost and passed away on September 3rd. The first month I was there, I read a John Ashbery poem every night before bed and watched from the window the comings and goings of hospice nurses. This photo was taken from the studio window just days before he died.

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I still have a few more weeks of work here in the Hudson studio, taking advantage of all of this beautiful October light and the large space to complete over 20 new paintings, including some very large panels that are 6 x 8 feet.

Happy fall everyone.

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I started the paintings currently on view at DC Moore gallery last October in my still relatively new studio in New York. The fresh space is small but very efficient and in the same building where I live which is ideal. In these recent paintings, I’ve continued my ongoing explorations in landscape, this time immersing myself in studying the unsteady, biomorphic worlds of the Surrealists, specifically Yves Tanguy and his wife Kay Sage, two painters I greatly admire.

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I have also been working on a larger project that is underway, exploring tears and the emotive eye, an emblem for both feeling and perception. Below is an image of my studio wall where I paste up sketches and inspirations in the preliminary phase of a project. I incorporated the motif of the eye in some of the new works at DC Moore as well – seen here in Hudson Cycle no. 4.

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I think the installation at DC Moore ended up being really open and elegant. We decided to double hang The Hudson Cycle which was conceived as a suite of paintings; intended to be seen all together. Comprising the show are three large paintings and the eight Hudson Cycle paintings.

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The opening of my exhibition was March 31st and a very fun, lively night it was. I have the pleasure to be exhibiting alongside fellow artist and friend Barbara Takenaga whose gorgeous paintings reside in the main gallery. “Waiting in the Sky” is some of her best work, a stunning show. Bridget Moore hosted a wonderful dinner party after for friends and family of the gallery and we all got to sit down while being surrounded by Barbara’s work. Fantastic.

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Darren Waterston: New Work and Barbara Takenaga: Waiting in the Sky will be on view at DC Moore Gallery in New York through April 30, 2016.

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I was fortunate enough to have my eighth solo exhibition at Inman Gallery, which opened last month in Houston.  Kerry Inman and her staff always do a beautiful job of installation, and they did an elegant hanging of the 36 works on paper that comprise Pavo. These watercolors are further explorations of the themes and motifs of Filthy Lucre.

Images Courtesy of the artist and Inman Gallery, Houston

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My dear friend and great dealer Kerry celebrating another collaboration.

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The fabulous Patrick Reynolds, Inman gallery director.

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My most beloved Lori Cassady, friend of nearly 30 years enjoying a mint julep on a hot Houston night.

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