I painted ‘Becoming Nobody’ and ‘Astral Storylines’ whilst listening to Ram Dass, (an American spiritual teacher, psychologist, and author); he talk about these subjects and they conjure up beautiful images for me.
I used a mixture of transparent layers of paint and varnish on the figure, with thick opaque paint on the surroundings which gives the skin a luminous effect.
- Kerry Darlington
A portrait that could easily have come from another era, Astral Storylines transcends time. A compelling profile with eyes illuminated with the palest blue, the composition hints at the inner soul and alternate plains of existence. A striking palette of smoke grey and radiant auburn, stunning details emerge beneath her tresses; a castle familiar from fairy tales is sketched upon her dress. Dreamlike in quality, this remarkable painting is both thought-provoking as well as beautiful. A bewitching duo, Astral Storylines is the companion work to Becoming Nobody which is another extraordinary portrait.
Kerry Darlington presents her first ever unique editions with a soft matte varnish, in recognition of the finish that many of her original paintings feature. A shift in aesthetic, the soft sheen surface of Becoming Nobody and Astral Storylines offers a more subtle presentation. True to her ambition for editions to offer as close a viewing experience to an original painting as possible, each work has been additionally furnished with silver leaf and ink, highlighting key areas of each composition.