Originally from the Scottish Borders, Darren Cairney is currently based in South Tyneside. He studied illustration at Newcastle College and graduated from the University of Sunderland with a degree in Environmental Illustration. He then worked as a graphic designer for five years until deciding to revisit his art practice in 2014. He has exhibited regionally, including at Fenwick Newcastle, Jarrow Hall and The Customs House

Street Portraits

My street portraits, candid paintings, capturing people in a moment in time.


Paintings of the liminal spaces and landscapes we see every day, but maybe don't notice.


A selection of recent commissions. If you would like a unique artwork, please contact me with your requirements.

Mixed Media

My mixed media work, created using pen and ink and acrylic paint. As seen on Newcastle Quayside Market.

TV and competition

Work done for competition, and for Television.