Darren West was born in 1966 in West Sussex and grew up in Burgess Hill. After leaving school he went to train as a glass blower and extended the course to become a teacher of this age old trade.
Since starting out in the neon glass blowing industry, Darren focused on the commercial side, but now he is entering his 30th year in the trade and has recently started to explore the complex relationship between art and neon. West ‘s work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experiences. West developed his interest in exploring the neon art world a few years ago where he joined forces with London based milliner to the stars, Piers Atkinson, which resulted in an explosion in to the public eye by featuring in Vogue Magazine. This established Darren into the art world and secured his place firmly. West’s understanding of neon in the art world grew significantly over the years and he began work on some of his most eye-catching and edgy pieces. Showing all over the world, these creations have made a real name for themselves in countries such as Los Angeles, Dubai, Paris, China and Australia. He has worked for international companies such as the BBC and managed to create a Quadrophenia style wall hanging scooter using a real Vespa and also getting it signed by the legendry Roger Daltry of The Who. With shows in London and elsewhere in the UK, Darren is becoming an iconic member of the modern British Art world. Charity based work and commissions have remained important to the artist and monies raised have gone towards different child cancer charities. Darrens work has a provocative attitude which explores complex personal states, resulting in thought provoking, expressions of love, hate, religion and war. With work currently in the initial planning stage, West looks ready to set alight the neon art world with vigour and important names are coming forward requesting his name on their wall.
Darren west (UK, 1966) is opgeleid als glasblazer en is later zelf les gaan geven. Enkele jaren geleden heeft West de ‘Neon kunst’ontdekt. Hij ging samenwerken met modeontwerper Piers Atkinson, foto’s van hun beider werk werd gepubliceerd in Vogue Magazine. Darren west werd en bleef hierdoor in ene keer wereld beroemd. Hij werd ook een belangrijke kunstenaar in de Britse kunstwereld. Hij exposeerde o.a. in LA, Dubai, Parijs, China, Australie en nu in Amsterdam. Darren West’s werk is vaak provocerend, gaat over liefde, haat, religie en oorlog.