About Rikke Darling

Starting from research and intense conceptualizing Rikke Darling seeks for the unknown mysteries in life, considering all life forms as basically the same, coming from the same ground material. Looking for the principle of balance in nature, or life generally, she explores the light and the dark sides of this organic process by acknowledging dangers, risks and abysses. She invites the viewer to journey through inner and outer spaces. There is a demanding appeal in this: to observe the inner and outer worlds more diligently and to bring them into balance again. The macrocosm is reflected by the microcosm, structures outside relate to structures inside. Life forms consist of structures, that life itself is structuring. Life is a process, so is art. As she says: “It’s all about life.”

 Emotions are transformed into colours and composition of space, shaping unpredictable forms in her abstract paintings. At the moment of painting the artist is not aware of what is finally going to happen on the canvas, there is a spontaneous element of expression that is special in abstract painting. Going with the flow, exploring the deepest possibilities of visualization. Although this approach is absolutely free, Rikke Darling always does a lot of research before she starts painting. The shapes in her works look very similar to organic cells, and she explains that she is indeed using a microscope for studying cell structures. Impressed by the darker aspects of organic and cellular life, she feels even attracted by the sight of growing cancer cells and finding beauty even there, comparing them to the image of roses. She says that the dark parts belong to life as well and they have to be accepted. This thinking is reflected in her use of colour graduation and shades. Dark parts dissolve into lighter nuances of colour until they finally become white, representing emptiness or the void.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1975.

Growing up in the big city combined with early encounters with artistic mentors has provided a rich opportunity to explore painting under a wide range of influences. But the elegant balance between powerful elements mixed with great attention to detail in this series is not only based on artistic influences. An education first in Fashion Design and Illustration from the Copenhagen Academy of Fashion Design and later an MSc in Design and Communication Management from Copenhagen Business School has its say. The inspiration from the fashion world can be seen in the transparency that creates a definite ease and in the use of light and shadow to define shapes. This particular use of the gestalt technique gives the brain room to sense the underlying idea and makes the interpretation of its own. The coarse and fine materials of cloth such as knits, wool, fur and thread inspire the sense of the structure. The carefully considered richness of details springs from the world of fashion drawing. Here it is often the detail that makes the difference.


Directed Art Modern at Superfine Art Fair, Art Basel, Miami, Fl. (USA)


Museum Of Osaka University. Japan.


Galeri Canna. Jakarta, Indonesia


Galleri Viglowa  Toyko  Japan


Towards the Days of Tomorrow. Yogyakarta, Indonesia


K2Kunst – SAK, Svendborg, Denmark Group Exhibitiom


Fregatten Jylland (Charity Exhibition)


Large paintings

Small works

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