In discussing his process, Astoria-based visual artist Darren
Orange says, "I use what is at my disposal and seek out new
adaptations of materials to solve problems in which traditional
materials cannot provide, like a child playing on the floor with
all his toys together…
"As a landscape artist I am most directly inspired by the
surroundings of where I have lived. The sublime landscapes,
homesteads of Central Washington, fishing villages on the lower
Columbia River, and the desert of the Southwest. These pastoral
places have provided me with reference to understand the past, and
to be aware of my own mark on the environment."
Orange has a BFA from Western Washington University. Orange
lives in Astoria, Oregon and has been an Astoria Visual Arts board
member. He has shown extensively throughout the Northwest including
three solo exhibits and one group show in 2012 and has had exhibits
in New York, L.A., Santa Fe, and Atlanta.
Darren lives in Astoria, Oregon at the convergence of the
Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. He has lived here since 2000.
After meeting friends in art school, three set off to collectively
move to the remote area of the Lower Columbia Region. Here they
rented a school house and painted every day for a year, sharing
ideas and inspiration from the area.
In 2004, Darren left the Pacific Northwest having grown up on
the apple orchards of Yakima, Wash. for the sublime desert plains
of the Southwest. In Santa Fe, New Mexico he found Shidoni, a
bronze foundry of national fame. At Shidoni he worked as a gallery
associate learning the business of art sales and New Mexican art
history. In the hours after work he cast his own works.
He returned to Astoria in 2006 and continued to exhibit
paintings with Shidoni until 2007.
Today, Orange's work is in collections across the country,
Canada, England, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, and he
has been included in national shows juried by curators from the
Guggenheim, Portland Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and the
Microsoft Collection. His work has also been published in regional
books and magazines.