Darren Wallace Art

Darren Wallace is a Palmerston North artist who grew up in Dannevirke. 

As a child Darren drew his favourite comic book characters. His teen years saw him capturing the likeness of celebrities and people he knew in his exaggerated caricature style. Studying technical drawing through to UE Darren developed strong skills in accuracy and perspective. 

For the last 14 years Darren has focused on realism with mainly pencil and paint. A recent global pandemic has catapulted Darren into making his art a career. With a strong calendar of commission work he has produced a heartwarming portfolio of people & pet portraiture. 

Talking to Darren about the recent string of fur friend commissions he reflected, "My greatest passion is capturing the likeness and personality of people and their pets. My Dad used to own a pet shop in Dannevirke, so we always had a variety of animals at our family home including a dog, cat, parrots, even white albino rats. I love animals and their relationship with people."

You can see how well Darren captures characters, and also the emotions of those who open their art for a first viewing on his social media.

Photo: November 2020 Art Trail Manawatu


"It is my pleasure to share a small collection of Darren's work in my display space @thePoP.  And more so, I am excited to release a series of workshops where Darren will share some of the skills and techniques which bring such life to his works.." 

Carla Woollaston


  • Mike The Juggler
    Graphite Drawing - Framed
  • Paua on a Stoney Beach
    Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas
  • Summer Coromandel
    Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas
  • Growing Art Skills - Warm-up Workshop
    “Growing Art Skills with Graphite”

    Tutor: Darren Wallace
    A 90-minute introduction to realistic drawing with pencil

    This workshop breaks it down and begins filling your skill set with ways to make your drawings more realistic. Getting back to graphite is a great way to concentrate on foundation skills.
    An excellent session to see how these methods can affect your art, and certainly to see if next year’s 8-week programme will be a good fit. You may like to attend one session or attend several times to build fluency in these ideas.

    Held at Do-I, our collaborative workshop space in Shop 2, 89 Broadway Avenue, Palmerston North

    Maximum guests: 8
    Minimum guests: 4
    Prepared for adult and youth with beginner to intermediate drawing skills who wish to improve their realistic drawing of people.

    Offered as stand alone sessions. We have 12 scheduled in the coming months. As each workshop fills up, we will release other date/times. Here is the plan:

    Wed 2 Dec 2020, Arvo 1.30pm-3.00pm
    Wed 2 Dec 2020, AftSchE 3.30pm-5.00pm ON SALE NOW
    Fri 11 Dec 2020, Arvo 1.30pm-3.00pm
    Fri 11 Dec 2020, AftSchE 3.30pm-5.00pm
    Thu 17 Dec 2020, Arvo 1.30pm-3.00pm
    Thu 17 Dec 2020, AftSchE 3.30pm-5.00pm
    Fri 8 Jan 2021, Arvo 1.30pm-3.00pm
    Fri 8 Jan 2021, AftSchE 3.30pm-5.00pm
    Thu 14 Jan 2021, Arvo 1.30pm-3.00pm
    Thu 14 Jan 2021, AftSchE 3.30pm-5.00pm
    Wed 20 Jan 2021, Arvo 1.30pm-3.00pm ON SALE NOW
    Wed 20 Jan 2021, AftSchE 3.30pm-5.00pm

    Bring or Buy List

    Must have (*price indications)
    • A range of graphite pencils similar to 2H, HB, B, 2B & 6B ($7 to $15)
    • Qty 3 or 4 blending stumps / tortillons ($5)
    • Kneadable Eraser ($2 - $5)
    • Cartridge paper or Visual Journal ($1 - $15)
    • Few sheets of quality Drawing Paper ($4 - $8)

    May also use
    • Sharpener

    Read my introduction to Darren Wallace where you will find links to his website and social media at https://www.fluffymilk.com/darrenwallaceart

    Full refund will be made if your ticket date falls into Covid Alert 2, 3 or 4. Read T&C for other details.


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89 Broadway Avenue
Palmerston North 4410


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