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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.

Darren Waterston new studio

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to exploring ideas of the constructed, imagined landscape, not working from observation but instead from strong art historical references.

Darren Waterston new studio

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.

Darren Waterston new studio

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.

Darren Waterston Studio

Beatrice is really liking the studio space as well.

Darren Waterston new studio

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.

Darren Waterson new studio

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.

Darren Waterston new studio