We all grow up with wishes. Before we blow out the candles on our birthday cakes every year, many will close their eyes and make a wish, never to be shared with another soul – else it won’t come true. Some make a wish when they find a solitary eyelash, or when they throw a coin into a fountain.
Wishes are granted in fairy tales; sometimes a genie can conjure as many as three to transform a life. The heart’s desire is a potent notion to many artists and is a theme which crops up in various guises in the works of UK bestselling artist Kerry Darlington. Dorothy wishes to be home in Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan wishes upon a star; most recently a series of intricate yet minimal portraits have emerged inspired by folklore from world cultures.