Darren Almond is a contemporary British artist. Working in a variety of media that includes photography, sculpture, and film, Almond addresses seriality and ephemera, exploring temporal themes such as the schedules of commuting and working. In his piece Meantime (2000), the artist transformed an entire shipping container into a functional digital clock which he documented as it crossed the Atlantic Ocean. Born in 1971 in Appley Bridge, England, he later graduated from the Winchester School of Art with a BA in fine arts.
Almond is interested in time, place, personal history, and collective memory. He makes sculptures, films, photographs, and works on paper based on his extensive travels, which often take him to remote locations—his film In the Between, 2006, which focuses on the symbolic nature of the highest train route in the world, was shot on location in China and Tibet. Almond has developed his own lexicon in photography, making extraordinary pictures using only the light of the full moon.
Almond was born in Wigan, England, in 1971. He has had one-person museum exhibitions at Tate Britain, London; the Kunsthalle Zürich; de Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and SITE Santa Fe, among others. He was a finalist for the Turner Prize in 2005. Almond participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale, and in 2011 Almond’s work was featured on a billboard overlooking Chelsea’s High Line Park. He lives and works in London.
In 2005, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize, considered one of the most prestigious artistic awards in the world. Almond’s work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He lives and works in London, England.