Kerry Darlington - The Worlds Collide Collection

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A WORLD OF REVERIE

The Worlds Collide Collection by Kerry Darlington is the ultimate fantasy story told by one of the UK’s most compelling artists. In a series of works that take her magical characters from the city of London to historical castles, the works tell of the journey to defends virtues of goodness and innocence from evil unseen forces. As the home of Kerry Darlington, Wyecliffe explores the story to date as well as announces the next exciting instalment ‘Lost Worlds’.

FLYING HIGH


In an extraordinary surprise, Kerry Darlington unveiled ‘Flight Over St. Pauls’ for 'The Otherworld' Virtual Exhibition. The artist returns her cast of magical characters to London and the site of one her most celebrated works of all time ‘Worlds Collide’. Perhaps one of the most complex pencil sketches to ever be released as a limited edition, dragons soar above St. Pauls as the world of witchcraft and wizardry is bought to life in her imitable vision. A very rare trip back to St. Pauls Cathedral, eagle eyed and dedicated followers will recognise the reference to iconic title ‘Come Away Come Away’ in which Peter Pan and Tinkerbell soar over the same skyline.

Presented behind glass and in Kerry Darlington’s signature silver/blue frame, this is the must-have accompaniment for those who have avidly collected the ‘Worlds Collide’ series since in inception in 2016.

‘Flight Over St. Pauls’ witnesses Kerry Darlington’s cast of magical characters to London and the skyline of one her most celebrated works of all time ‘Worlds Collide’.

‘Flight Over St. Pauls’ witnesses Kerry Darlington’s cast of magical characters to London and the skyline of one her most celebrated works of all time ‘Worlds Collide’.

EVERY CLOUD


A visual invitation into the magical world of Kerry Darlington, the artist continues to weave beautiful new narratives uniting characters and themes from much loved series. Inspired heavily by standout work 'Worlds Collide', a moonlit glade depicts a dragon encasing a young girl under its wing as she gently falls asleep. Set amongst shimmering silver-leaf trees, an assembly of woodland animals and mythical creatures silently look on, guarding both dragon and child. Wolves and cats and joined by unicorns and jackalopes, in a scene reminiscent of sell-out editions Walking Each Other Home and Breath of the Wild. Featuring beautiful midnight blue, purple and multi-coloured tones, this unique edition is finished in Darlington’s signature high-gloss resin with three-dimensional elements sealed beneath.

Infused with a sentiment of protection and positivity, A Silver Lining embodies Darlington’s peaceful spirit. Encouraging collectors to cherish those that they love as well as act as guardians of the natural world, the artists respect for both human and animal alike remains central to her personal and creative philosophy. At its very core, Darlington’s unique edition will become an optimistic reminder that every cloud has a silver lining.

Infused with a sentiment of protection and positivity, A Silver Lining embodies Darlington’s peaceful spirit. Encouraging collectors to cherish those that they love as well as act as guardians of the natural world, the artists respect for both human and animal alike remains central to her personal and creative philosophy. At its very core, Darlington’s unique edition will become an optimistic reminder that every cloud has a silver lining.


DIVING DEEPER


Wyecliffe Galleries were thrilled to exclusively announce this instalment from the seminal Worlds Collide collection ‘Lost Worlds’ by Kerry Darlington at the end of September 2020. Set beneath the waves, 'Lost Worlds' is set to dive deeper than ever before into the fantastical world that Kerry has created.

Set beneath the waves 'Lost Worlds' dives deeper into the fantastical world that Kerry has created with her Worlds Collide Collection.

Set beneath the waves 'Lost Worlds' dives deeper into the fantastical world that Kerry has created with her Worlds Collide Collection.


THE DRAGONS - A MATCHING PAIR


Meet The Dragon of the Underworld and The Dragon of Hidden Treasures.

Taking a closer look at the mythical creatures at the very heart of the story so far, Darlington following up with a compact pairing of charismatic dragons. A towering figure in legend and folklore alike, they are a powerful symbol of independence and fiery and noble as their appearance.

“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”

- R.A. Salvatore

Named 'Kur', he is an underworld deity, living in the empty space between the primal sea and the earth's crust and can be heard roaring during earthquakes. With a rich history to draw from; Kerry Darlington's new series has all the hallmarks of a legendary collection.

Named 'Fuzanglong' he is the Chinese dragon of hidden treasures. An underworld dragon who guards buried treasures, both natural and man-made. Volcanoes are said to form when this dragon bursts out of the ground to report to heaven.


Soaring above London, four dragons in bejewelled colours of purple, emerald, and indigo blue carry children atop their backs. Whilst part of a modern zeitgeist reminiscent of the use of fire-breathers in Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire, the artist admits her Welsh roots might have subliminally influenced their appearance in The Worlds Collide.

“I did paint dragons often in primary school actually! My favourite Illustrators painted dragons and they also appear in other fantasy series' that I have loved; such as Tolkien's works and Eragon by Christopher Paolini.”

- Kerry Darlington

THE SEQUEL - A LABOUR OF LOVE


Flight of the Dragons was the much anticipated follow up work, featuring the return of the breakout characters from its predecessor Worlds Collide. Continuing the crusade, young witches, wizards and magical folk fly high above an enchanted castle. Travelling by land, air and sea, devout collectors may recognise a charming reference to Darlington’s early work The Pirate Ship, as well as references to her steampunk inspired Eccentric Machine series.

Deeply inspired by the world of witching and wizardry, Darlington often listens to audiobooks whilst painting, revealing that the Harry Potter series has been a much loved source of inspiration.

“The idea for this series happened as I was listening to a particular chapter in ‘The Deathly Hallows’. There was a mention of reinforcements appearing by air and by ground as the final battle took place in the castle.”

- Kerry Darlington


THE SERIES BEGINS


Bursting at the seams and barely containable, The Worlds Collide from Kerry Darlington is a force to be reckoned with. When it was first unveiled, collectors vied to secure the first instalment of what promised to be her most exciting collection to date.

For an artist such as Kerry Darlington - profoundly inspired by the Mythology of Wales - the dragon is a towering figure in legend and folklore. A creation-myth, a natural deity and a powerful symbol of independence as noble and fiery as its appearance.

Soaring above London, four dragons in bejewelled colours of purple, emerald, and indigo blue carry children atop their backs. Whilst part of a modern zeitgeist reminiscent of the use of fire-breathers in Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire, the artist admits her Welsh roots might have subliminally influenced their appearance in The Worlds Collide.

Bursting at the seams and barely containable, The Worlds Collide the brand-new unique edition from Kerry Darlington is a force to be reckoned with. Following years of devoted reading within the fantasy genre, it isn’t an exaggeration to suggest that this painting has been a lifetime in the making.

“I did paint dragons often in primary school actually! My favourite Illustrators painted dragons and they also appear in other fantasy series' that I have loved; such as Tolkien's works and Eragon by Christopher Paolini."

- Kerry Darlington

Sketch of Dragon

Deeply inspired by the world of witching and wizardry, Darlington often listens to audiobooks whilst painting, revealing that the Harry Potter series has been a much loved source of inspiration.


“No, I would not want to live in a world without dragons, as I would not want to live in a world without magic, for that is a world without mystery, and that is a world without faith.”

- R.A. Salvatore

Named 'Kur', he is an underworld deity, living in the empty space between the primal sea and the earth's crust and can be heard roaring during earthquakes. With a rich history to draw from; Kerry Darlington's new series has all the hallmarks of a legendary collection.

Named 'Fuzanglong' he is the Chinese dragon of hidden treasures. An underworld dragon who guards buried treasures, both natural and man-made. Volcanoes are said to form when this dragon bursts out of the ground to report to heaven.


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