8th September 2023

This is Darren and Ross’ seventh joint exhibition at the Pie Factory Gallery in the past 8 years. following previous exhibitions, ‘Sand, Sea and Light’ 2016, In and Out the Sea’ 2017, ‘Thrills and Spills’ 2018, ‘My Sky – His Sea, His Sky – My Sea 2019, ‘Meet us Where the Sky Touches the Sea’ 2020 and ‘Our Ephemeral Coast’ 2021.  Three of their past exhibitions were featured on BBC South East News Today.

This new exhibition, ‘A Return to the Sea’, signifies both artists revisiting their passion of Thanet’s coastlines.  Both artists had time away from what they enjoy most.  Ross spent most of 2022 recovering from injuries sustained due to the physical demands of his pursuit for the ultimate shot.  Darren spent a significant period away from the sea as a subject matter, due to absorbing other creative projects.

However, Ross’ rehabilitation from injury and Darren’s focus in other painting interests has allowed both to reflect, re-energise and re-focus their love of the sea.  The resulting exhibition displays both Ross and Darren’s previous work juxtaposed with fresh imagery of their chosen locations.  

Ross continues to battle the sea’s natural elements intrinsically, to capture his unique imagery.  Darren assesses from afar, waiting to capture the light, atmosphere, and mood of chosen coastal locations.