Darren Orange lives in Astoria Oregon at the convergence of the formidable Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. Here millions of metric tons of water and energy pass by creating its own ecological bioregion and an ever-changing atmospheric weather pattern. He has lived here since 2000 after meeting two friends at Western Washington University. The 3 set off to collectively move to this very remote area of the Lower Columbia. Here they rented a defunct schoolhouse and painted long hours in the day for a year sharing ideas and inspiration from the area.
In 2004 Darren left the Pacific Northwest for the sublime desert plains of the Southwest. While living in Santa Fe New Mexico he worked at Shidoni a bronze foundry of national fame and continued to paint and exhibit in Santa Fe.
In 2006 he returned to Astoria with a renewed drive to paint full time while the sublime horizons of the west rule his muse. Perhaps this amusement of the grandeur of nature is from early experiences of big weather, tales from his father surviving multiple tornadoes, and the trauma of being very young and surviving the Mt. Saint Helens eruption.
Darren Orange's work is recognized throughout the Northwest and abroad. He has been presented awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Ucross Foundation Residency Fellowship. His work has been selected for exhibitions by Dominic Iocono of the Syracuse University Art Galleries, Michael Klein of the Microsoft Collection, Nat Trottman of the Guggenheim, Bonnie Laing Malcolmson of the Portland Art Museum, Margarette Bullock of the Tacoma Art Museum, and many others. Academic institutions such as Portland State University, Mt. Hood Community College, Peninsula College, Mt Hood Community College, Lower Columbia College, Oregon Coast Council for the arts, and Clatsop College have awarded him with solo exhibitions.
Today Darren's paintings are in notable collections across the country, Canada, England, Sweden, U.A.E. and Istanbul, including actor/director Ron Howard, gold medal cellist Sergey Antonov, violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn and the Luzerne Music Center, international recording artist Ceren Askan, Pulitzer Prize author H.G. Bissinger, NYU Consultant L.C. Smith, award winning international recording artist Lindi Ortega, Western Oregon University, Clatsop Community College, and the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation. His works have been published in books, radio and tv interviews, book covers, independent film posters, an album cover, and national magazines such as 1859 Magazine, Art LTD, and Conde Nast Traveler.
"Darren Orange is an artist of the American West. The wild sea and earth are branded deeply into the flesh of Orange’s soul and canvases. His work is riveted in place, but unmoored in time.
Orange is a 21st-century painter in a 19th-century skin: the J.M.W. Turner of his generation. Modernity meets tradition here. Orange’s atmospheric landscapes and seascapes, for which he is best known, are weighted down by heavy paints and tar, but leavened by the artist’s use of light and color. His treatment of environmental and human degradation – in paintings, collages, and bronzes – is defined by an unblinking fierceness. He is a relentless, driven and exacting observer of our age, of Nature, and of our impact on Nature. The resulting work is monumental, enduring, and of outstanding significance."
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
“Excellently-conceived, meaty, gritty abstraction.”
OK Harris Gallery
"Darren Orange's intensely painted abstractions-part Anselm Kiefer and part 19th century romanticism-are so incandescent that at times they appear to be coming to three dimensional life."