Working in the medium of oil on canvas in the tradition of realism, Darren Whalen creates obscure narratives that put as much emphasis on the character of a setting as well as the subjects therein.
Some of the settings include places the artist has visited as well as places that exist only in his imagination. A consistent theme throughout the images is a sense of human fragility and mortality. Weather a close relation or a passing acquaintance to the artist, the subjects often appear as characters rather than as themselves. These characters seem to linger like ghosts around these forgotten looking places. The narratives are derived from his imagination as well as the influence of the local culture and are intended to engage the imagination of the viewer.
As well as finding inspiration in place and people there is a consistent aesthetic throughout the work; the subtle use of colour, the heavy emphasis on visual texture, the heightened realism, attention to detail and the darker, sometimes provocative subject matter are all part of Darren Whalen's current art practices.
After receiving his B.F.A. from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2005, he moved back to his hometown of St. John's, Newfoundland where he currently resides.