The murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter protests, the Beirut explosion last summer: these are just some of the events that – apart from the pandemic – have characterised the last year and a half and inspired Darryl Westly.
Born in 1989, Darryl Westly is an American artist born in Chicago and based in Brooklyn. With a long career ahead of him, Westly has already racked up numerous successes, working alongside artist Jeff Koons and exhibiting his work in some of the world’s most famous galleries.
His oil paintings on linen and canvas represent current events, what is happening in the world and what needs the space to be understood. Events that with their impact and brutality have managed, albeit for a short time, to stop everyone’s lives. Who, after seeing the video of George Floyd’s murder, has not felt the need to take a few minutes for themselves?!
Darryl Westly decided to represent these and other events in a series of paintings that will be on display at 1969 Gallery in New York until 23 October in an exhibition entitled “A Dream Deferred”.
Check out some images from the exhibition below and follow Darryl Westly on Instagram to discover more of his work.