About Darien

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Darien was born in Sydney and grew up in Canberra. After studying at the National Art School in Sydney and at the Canberra School of Art, he moved to Melbourne. He graduated from Prahran College of Advanced Education with a major in Painting and sub-majors in Drawing and Printmaking.

In 1984 he began working for Meridian Sculpture, a prominent Melbourne foundry, and has worked with many highly regarded Australian sculptors including John Dowie, Jan Brown, Peter Corlett, Brett Whiteley and Robert Klippel. In 1985 he began his teaching career at Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne (Monash University), and at the Council of Adult Education. In 1992 he began his long association with Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC) where he began teaching Painting and Drawing. This has led to Master Classes, Life Drawing, Individual Workshops, Children’s Art Classes and the curating of many exhibitions. Darien divides his studio time between painting, drawing and sculpture in his Melbourne studio.

He continues to work at Meridian Sculpture foundry making moulds, preparing waxes for bronze casting, and working on collaborative sculpture projects.

He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, USA and Central America.


20+20 Exhibition

FCAC life members and dedicated artist-tutors, Darien Pullen and Robert Mangion, have been challenging, inspiring, and working with local artists for more than 20 years. This exhibition showcases these two very different artists and explores their continuing influence on the artists they have taught.

Opening Thursday 2 October, 6pm-8pm. Exhibition 2 October – 2 November. Venue FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery.


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Main Exhibitions, Projects and Commissions

2018   Personal Experience, Group Exhibition, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray, Victoria

            White Dog sculpture commission for White Dog Pilates Studio, Footscray, Victoria

2017   Yarri sculpture commission for Cootamundra-Gundagai Council, New South Wales

2016     fr. Geoghegan sculpture commission for St Francis Church, Melbourne

              St Patrick sculpture commission for Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus

2015     Marrickville Winged Victory, sculpture commission for Marrickville Council, Sydney

2014     20+20; FCAC, Melbourne

Drawing Commission, Bethany Primary School, Tarneit, Melbourne

Sculpture Commission, creating bronze logo for St Ali Coffee House, Melbourne

2013     Sculpture Commission, Gantner family, Melbourne

2012Apples from the Treegroup exhibition, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Melbourne
               Decorative sculptures for Crown Casino, Melbourne

2010Artists’ Books; Group Exhibition, Elsie Gallery, Malmsbury, Victoria

               Sculpture commission, Melbourne Rebels Shield, Melbourne

2009       Icarus Project; Collaboration with Jan Brown, Canberra

2008 Bid 4 Freedom; Art Exhibition and Auction, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne

2007       Paintings and Drawings by Darien Pullen, Elsie Gallery, Malmsbury, Victoria

2006       Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture; Group Exhibition, Melbourne

              The Still Life Show, MREAM Studios and Gallery, Melbourne
              19 Australian Artists; Holden Gallery, North Carolina, USA

2005       Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture; Group Exhibition, Melbourne

2003       Sculpture Group Exhibition, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2002      Naked; Group Exhibition, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney
               Bloke; Group Exhibition, Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne
               Strange Fruits; Group Exhibition, MREAM Gallery, Melbourne

2001        MREAM Group Show; Footscray, Melbourne

2000       Sculpture Commission, Murdoch Family, Melbourne
                ANZAC Memorial Sculpture for Museum of Australia, Canberra

1999       “Regroup”;Group Exhibition, Gabriel Gallery, FCAC, Melbourne

                Sculpture Commission, ‘Digit’ Award, Melbourne

1997       Group Show, Ryco Warehouse, Footscray, Melbourne
               Hoechst Art Competition; Special Merit Awards, Altona, Melbourne

1996       Meridian Bronzes, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria

1994       Christmas Group Show, Meridian Gallery, Melbourne
               Sculpture at Ashcombe Maze, Shoreham, Victoria

1993      Tutor’s Exhibition, Gabriel Gallery, FCAC, Melbourne

1992       Alice Bale Award Finalist, Melbourne
               Christmas Group Show, Meridian Gallery, Melbourne Alice Bale Award Finalist, Melbourne
               Saltwater River Festival Art Show, Melbourne

1991        Saltwater River Festival Art Show, Melbourne

1989        Group Exhibition, Green Frog Galleries, Prahran, Melbourne

1988       Fifty Fine Artists, Art Craft 88, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
Bodyline, Print Guild Gallery, Melbourne 
Ceramic Design, Group Exhibition, Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne

1986        Works on Paper – Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne

1985        The Meridian Show, Sturt and Nolan Gallery, Melbourne

1981        Various Images – Paintings by Younger Artists, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
                Susie Parry and Darien Pullen – Paintings, Hawthorn City Art Gallery, Melbourne

1977        Solo Exhibition, La Perouse Gallery, Canberra