Born in Fiji and raised in Sydney, Daryl Perry is an artist based in Wollongong and the founder of 130 Art Studios. Daryl’s work takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing global injustices, sports, land and street scapes. His work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art.
How did you get into art?
As a child I always loved to draw, I would often poke fun at people through caricature. In my 20s I studied fine arts but couldn’t see a career path for me. I always felt like something was missing. 2 years ago and now in my 40s, I completed an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts and have become a full time artist.
How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?
Modern and themed abstract with punchy colours.
I don’t know if it’s special but I like to paint about subjects that have impacted me emotionally and hope it provokes a thought in the viewer
How do you go about developing your work?
I’m Always seeing, always collecting ideas and when I’m ready I drop each layer down. What starts as a picture in my head always gets taken to a different place as I go through the process. I love that my subconscious get brought to the fore during my creative experience.
Who or what influences you?
I’m influenced by everything around me, from people living on the street to people in business and politics. All the modern and ancient masters inspire me but the colour and Art of Matisse and Jean Michel Basquiat stands out the most.
Make us curious. What is planned next?
I’m exhibiting in Galeria Azur, Miami USA on the 2nd June. I’m also in the second year of establishing an artist residence in Wollongong, we currently have 12 artists in residence with a music venue, gallery and exhibition space. Have a look at Insta @130artstudios!