'Episodical', Darren Coffield

Portrait of Superman with an upside down face

2010, Acrylic on canvas, 96 x 81 cm

Artist's statement

For many years I have been pre-occupied with the war that rages on remorselessly across the world: The War of Images. In response I decided to search for an image, the imperial image, the image that would dominate all others, but this led only to a false notion of individuality and freedom.

Painters, like insurgents, are solitary and obscure agents, occupying unwanted spaces, preparing symbolic provocations to be unleashed on the public with a bang. I find myself surrounded by ideologies that appear contagious, perhaps inescapable, a necessary part of the human condition or a superfluous and life-threatening madness: The Society of the Spectacle.


Darren Coffield was born in London in 1969, studying there at Goldsmiths College 1987, Camberwell School of Arts 1988-89 and the Slade School of Fine Art 1989-93. In the 1990s with Joshua Compston he formed Factual Nonsense gallery, centre of the Young British Artists scene. His London exhibitions include 'A
Guide For The Perplexed Factual Nonsense' 1992, 'BP Portrait Award' 2003 and 2010 National Portrait Gallery, ' Jerwood Drawing Prize' 2008 Jerwood Space and 'East Wing IX' The Courtauld Institute of Art 2010.

Elsewhere, exhibitions include 'Plein air' Maximilian
Voloshin Museum Crimea 2008 and ' Turner Contemporary Open' 2009 Turner Contemporary Project Space Margate.