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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 for a 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.







Artist Rikke Darling Copenhagen Denmark

Rikke Darling.

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 in 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.




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Video about my art - 2015





2017 North, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016 Galleri Lulu, Eskildstrup, Denmark

2016 Svinkløv Badehotel

2014 Galeri Canna, Jakarta, Indonesia

2014 Glasseriet, Denmark

2013 Galleri Wenneberg, Køge, Denmark

2013 Galleri ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2012 Galleri Viglowa, Tokyo, Japan

2011 Galleri V58, Aarhus, Denmark

2011 Galleri ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2010 Sophienberg Slot, Rungsted, Denmark

2010 Køge Galleri, Køge, Denmark

2010 ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2009 Cobra Galleri, Charlottenlund, Denmark




2018 "Infinite Potentials" Sci Art Center, New York Hall of Science, USA

2018 K2, Galleri Rasch, Bornholm, Denmark

2018 K2, ARTe, Sindelfingen, Germany

2018 Galleri Beck, Brønderslev, Denmark

2017 Galleri Laura Haber, Buenos aires, Argentina

2017 DAM, Hallandale Beach, USA

2017, ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2017 K2 Dialoger, Helligåndshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017 DAM, Miami Beach, FL, USA

2016 Superfine, Miami, USA

2016 Amaris, Solo, Indonesia

2016 Galleri Underværket, Fredensborg, Danmark

2015 Toward the Days og Tomorrow, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

2015 YOS, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2015 Osaka University Museum, Japan

2015 SAK, Svendborg, Denmark

2014 MAX A5, Galleri TYS, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014 YOS (Yogyakarta Open Studios), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2014 Galleri ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2014 Dansk Svenska Kompaniet, Lund, Sverige

2013 Galleri Viglowa, Tokyo, Japan

2013 Dansk Svenska Kompaniet, Sweeden

2013, K2Kunst, City Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark

2012 Kunstcentrum, Silkeborg, Denmark

2013 Galleri V58, Århus, Denmark

2012 Galleri G3, Gelstrup, Denmark

2012 ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2012 Galleri Viglowa, Tokyo, Japan

2012 Kunst for alle, København, Denmark 2011 Kunstcentrum, Silkeborg, Denmark

2011 Kunst2100 at Docken, Copenhagenn, Denmark

2011 ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2011 Galleri V58, Aarhus, Denmark

2011 FUGA Artist Association, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2010 Galleri V58, Århus, Denmark

2010 ArtCompaz, Frederiksberg, Denmark

2009 Galleri X, Gentofte, Denmark






2017 Restaurant PostPub, Lyngby, Denmark

2015 dental Clinic, Lyngby, Denmark

2015 Restaurant PostPub, Lyngby, Denmark

2014 GlaxoSmithKline, Brøndby, Denmark

2013 Company BankInvest, København Denmark

2013 Youth Psykiatrisk Center, Hvidovre, Denmark (Paintings)

2012 SEB Gruppen, Denmark (Mural and paintings)

2012 Psykiatrisk Center, Glostrup, Denmark (Mural)

2011 Psykiatrisk Center, Copenhagen, Denmark (Paintings and murals)




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