Auckland based glass artist Darryl Fagence produces pacific inspired pieces that incorporate industrial materials with meticulously cut cast glass. Darryl produces small pieces, suitable for table top display, through to large scale outdoor sculptures.
Darryl’s interest in glass design began after working as an engineer in the 1970s. In this role he worked with lead light to produce lampshades and windows. He later progressed to glass blowing to produce functional design pieces for domestic spaces. A move to Northland in 1982 enabled Darryl the space to set up a larger studio for his personal art practise. It was here he began bending glass and experimenting with a LPG and solar powered blast furnace. By 1986 his experimentation had paid off and he had truly found his own style, he was creating forms that used the draped glass method in an electric kiln. Well known works from this early career period include his draped pendant lamps which were widely collected and now appear frequently on the secondary art market.
A move to Auckland with artist wife Sally Fagence saw Darryl set up a more substantial and permanent studio environment. In the city he too was able to connect with galleries and exhibition opportunities. His portfolio expanded to explore many creative possibilities within his chosen medium. He produced a varied range of glass artworks including sculpture, installations and bowls which are heavily influenced by our pacific region. He continues to produce from the same studio and exhibits throughout New Zealand.
Darryl Fagence's artwork can be found in a number of private collections in the U.S.A, UK, Singapore and Australia.
Darryl Fagence Works Available At Black Door Gallery
Fagence's artworks including sculpture, installations and bowls have and continue to be heavily influenced by our pacific region.