Darren Almond (British, b.1971) is an installation artist, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker born in Wigan, England, in 1971. In 1993, he graduated with a BFA from the Winchester School of Art, located in Winchester, UK. In 1995, he had his first solo exhibit, titled KN120, at the Great Western Studios in London. This piece showed a ceiling fan that was installed under London's Westway, which he had wired to his studio. He was awarded the Art & Innovation Prize by the Institute of Contemporary Art in London in 1996.
In 1998, Almond began to take photographs for a series called Fullmoons, in which he used only the light of the full moon, but the resulting photographs appeared to have been taken in the full light of day. The exposure time on these photographs was at least 15 minutes, and they were always taken in remote locations. For instance, his Fullmoon@The North Seapiece which was of the Huangshan mountains in China, and his Moons of the Iapetus Ocean focused on trying to capture a body of water that existed hundreds of millions of years ago by photographing remote areas of England and Scotland.
Almond’s other work often related to the passage of time. In 2000, he transformed a shipping container into a digital clock and filmed it travelling across the ocean. He called this piece Meantime.. Almond was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2005. In 2006, he filmed a movie titled In the Between, which followed the route of the highest train in the world between Tibet and China.
He has had solo exhibitions at the Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin, Germany, in 1999, the Herzliya Museum of Art in Herzliya, Israel, in 2003, and the SCAI at The Bathhouse in Tokyo, Japan, in 2008. He has had over 50 solo exhibitions and many more group exhibitions during his career so far. Some of his notable group exhibitions include the Berlin Biennale in 2001, the Moscow Biennale in 2007, and the Tate Triennial in Britain in 2009. Almond currently lives and works in London.