Darren Kooyman was born in Alberta, and lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He has had solo and group shows in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta, including The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied art and design at Red Deer College, as well as publishing techniques and technologies at Langara College in Vancouver. Kooyman also works in screen-printing, digital imaging and musical composition.
Artist Statement: Economy, Environment, Performance
The ways in which we react to our surroundings, and the various stimuli we encounter, define us as individuals. I feel it is the artist’s job to be part of, and sensitive to, what is going on in an environment -- to remix and represent. My process is improvisational, concentrating on colour and surface. Each work samples something natural. I am inspired by my urban surroundings and the memories of prairie landscapes, which I often use as points of reference for beginning a painting.