Paintings by Darren Reid
Photorealistic paintings of street scenes by British artist Darren Reid which captures the life of his home town of Derby, England. Primarily self-taught, he captures the scenes by taking a photograph and adjusts the scenes as he sees fit, such as altering the angle of a bridge to lead the eye of the viewer.
I am inspired by the realist painting of artists like Nathan Walsh, Clive Head, John Salt and Ralph Goings and I wanted to see if I could paint like that. I picked up a brush and I found that I could just do it. It’s difficult to explain really but it was just like that. I have always been interested in architecture and buildings and the first thing I painted was the fire escape on the building where I work at Darley Abbey Mills. I have been pretty much teaching myself as I go along by reading books and looking at how others do it. Each painting I do I hope to make better than the last and I can see where I am improving. I try to make each one more difficult to challenge myself.