D’Arcy graduated from Middlesex University in London , UK in 1994, he studied graphic design and animation. Then, he went on to start up his own design studio in Soho London
As the design / web industry evolved, more and more clients were doing web design for themselves, D’Arcy went on to explore other options. He felt driven to reconnect with art and began painting with oils / acrylics and mix media. During his three years of painting on canvas, he developed an exclusive style that truly speaks to his soul.
D’Arcy painted landscapes and then knew this was his new calling and was urged to continue. At first, his paintings were traditional and realistic before he had a clear vision of this unique style that he uses today. It is helpful to view this extreme textural art in person to see the depth and detail of the artwork.
D’Arcy’s texture is very unique, made with joint compound that is not like any other. It brings uniqueness to his paintings, and when viewed, many will ask “how do you do that?” Using this texture technique allows for many layers of colour within colour. It has to be seen to really appreciate.
Three-dimensional paintings are a signature style for D’Arcy. Some of D’Arcy’s paintings are made with many layers of stylo foam; PVA glue and joint compound creating a sculpture on canvas. The painting actually protrudes from the canvas / MDF. These paintings are dramatic and impressive to see.
D’Arcy’s work has a striking appearance that draws you in, with dramatic texture and bold colours. His methodology is consistent through texture on the surface using stylo foam and joint compound. Many of D’Arcy’s Art pieces are three-dimensional using the joint compound in a sculpted display on canvas. Most of his art is inspired by the the ocean , sky and land. Creating works that connect us to the magnificence of the ocean, the relationship we have to the land, and the independence of beachlife.
The texture is a process of carving stylo foam , using joint compound to bond the texture to the canvas to form a realistic landscape on canvas. PVA glue is used to represent the ocean and gives a reflective surface when dry.
The texture not only adds dimension to the painting, but generates a movement within the painting itself, as if giving it a pulse.