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Darren Terpstra is an artist/designer whose work comprises graphic art, painting, photography and exhibit curation. He is a native of Minnesota where he also received his formal education in visual communication. Darren has been working professionally in the corporate and academic world of art and design for over 20 years. Darren has honed a foundation in conceptualizing and developing strong imagery and narrative in his work, which has a rich, multilayered, and textural appearance, with notions of wonder or magic. This draws the viewer in on a surface level, and invites them to spend time observing the greater depth revealed upon closer inspection.

IMPORTANT: I can be available most days by appointment. If you want to see something in person, we can schedule a time where no one else would be around, and masks would be used for a brief look in the studio to confirm a purchase. If you want to purchase art, just email me at heydarren@hotmail.com, and I’ll send an online-invoice for you to pay, and then we’ll schedule a time that’s most convenient for you to pick-up, and I can be available to put your purchase in your car curbside.

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Northrup King Building

1500 Jackson Street Northeast
Studio 301
Minneapolis, MN
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A Hopeful Future: Views from Puerto Rico

Framed 16 x 20 Photo/Encaustic bees wax on wood panel.

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A Question of Faith

36 x 48 (Large) Acrylic mixed media on canvas. This is a juried show award winner.

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Black & Blue

Framed 16 x 20 Acrylic mixed media on canvas

This is simply and abstract! lol. I was playing around with high contract in color, and just liked the weight and intensity of this piece. The original was done in acrylic mixed media and framed in a black floater. Note: there is not a signature on this piece, so you can hang it horizontal or vertical to suit your taste!

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Chocolate Gears in encaustic wax

8 x 10 Photo encaustic wax on wood panel. A photo taken at the Lindt Chocolate Factory in Cologne Germany of a vintage chocolate making machine!

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Cologne Cathedral Door Knocker

Cologne Cathedral Door Knocker in Encaustic

6 x 8 Photo encaustic wax on wood panel

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Dare to Be Different Tulips in Encaustic Wax

8 x 6 Photo encaustic wax on wood panel

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Dreams Are Made of This

Framed 16 x 20 Acrylic Mixed Media on Canvas

A vibrant colorful abstract that was inspired by the MN Renaissance Festival, believe it or not. I was taking photographs that day, and took one through the iridescent wings of a fairey costume. When layered with many other pictures and patinas, this abstraction emerged. Although at first I wasn’t sure I had something, now…I love it, and so do many other people who have seen it. Original done in acrylic mixed media framed in a Maple floater.

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Echo

Framed 24 x 24 Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Chocolate and brown tones with a vibrant hit of red grace this canvas. There is repeating red marks and concentric circles, as well as the reflection of sections of the painting. It feel like an echo. Originally done in acrylic mixed media and framed in a black floater. This original is slightly different than the available print!

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Heart Power

6 x 8 Photo/Encaustic bees wax on wood panel.

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Idealized Existence...Uncontrolled Variables

Idealized Existence…Uncontrolled Variables

30 x 40 Acrylic mixed media on Canvas

Info on this piece: Idealized Existence…Uncontrolled Variables is kinda how life seems to go. You may have the best, most altruistic ideas in your head about how things will turn out, but sometimes…shit just comes our way, and we have to roll with it. Yet, in these times, if we can still find the beauty…we’ll come out a winner. Also juried into the Gamut Gallery’s C4W:2018 exhibition, 2019! Guest curator Teqen Zéa-Aida selected Idealized Existence…Uncontrolled Variables to be part of this show.

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Kinetic Cinema

30 x 30 Acrylic mixed media on canvas.

Info on this piece: kinetic \kuh-NET-ik\ adjective. 1: of or relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces and energy associated therewith. 2 a: active, lively. b: dynamic, energizing. 3: of or relating to kinetic art. The term “kinetics” implies motion, movement. Kinetic Art has become particularly prominent in the 1950s. Kinetic sculptures – sculptures with moving parts – were specially widespread. In his book Kinetic Art, Frank Popper (1968) explores the history and the development of kinetic art. He starts off with revealing how Impressionist painters had depicted movement by focusing on elements such as boats, horses, railways, etc. This idea loosely inspired this abstract. Original done in acrylic mixed media.

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Out of Office Reply: At the Beach!

16 x 20 Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Piece Info: Don’t you just love getting those “out of office reply” emails? Especially when you know the other person is at the beach on some fabulous vacation! Well, that’s what this is all about. The greens and golds are like the sand, sun and palms, the blue is like the water and all the “marks” like the email message saying I’m out of the office.

Can be hung in either direction.

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Prague Carousel

6 x 8 Photo/Encaustic bees wax on wood panel.

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Queen Bee (Encaustic Wax)

8 x 10 Encaustic Wax on wood panel

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Read Between the Lines

36 x 48 Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Read Between the Lines is an acrylic mixed media collage work, mixing ripped paper, layers of mediums, paint, glazes, and acrylic skins. The imagery is loosely inspired by the Fluxus movement.

In the 60s, the Fluxus movement had no single unifying style. Its avant-garde artists used a range of media and processes adopting a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude to creative activity, and using whatever materials were at hand to make art. Seeing themselves as an alternative to academic art and music, Fluxus was a democratic form of creativity open to anyone. It valued simplicity and anti-commercialism, with chance and accident playing a big part in the creation of works, and humor also being an important element. It was also seen as being “anti-art.”

By juxtaposing a large, bright, loose, hand-drawn font with old, small typewriter key strikes, it begins to create a tension. Neither style spells an intelligible thought, so the viewer is forced to try and make sense of what’s seen. They must read between the lines…thinking perhaps the smaller text may reveal the “true” message. Yet the message is not hidden in either layer, but rather suggestive of our constant journey to understand the world around us. Using cues, social behavior, words, and information to interpret the experiences we’re daily confronted with. We’re constantly having to Read Between the Lines.

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Reading the Leaves

24 x 36 Acrylic mixed media on canvas

Reading the Leaves is born from an old saying, typically ascribed to the practice of divining information from the bottom of a tea cup by some sort of spiritualist, who, by looking at the mish-mash of elements, can somehow foretell your future.

Originally done in acrylic mixed media, and juried in The Nature of Disappearance at Silverwood Park. Of 434 images submitted by 121 artists, 25 works were accepted from 23 artists.

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Sassy Remarks

24 x 36 Acrylic mixed media on canvas

This is a fun energetic piece that reminds me of a lively conversation with a friend, and you both throw back “sassy remarks” at each other!

Can be hung in either direction.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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