Darrell Urban Black born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Far Rockaway and Brentwood Long Island New York. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. In June 1969, as America fulfilled J. F. Kennedy’s dream to put the American Stars and Stripes into the dusty surface of the moon Darrell’s fascination with spaceships grew. As a child he made spaceship models eventually placing his artistic visions on paper resulting in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships that eventually carried Darrell to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors.1
My name is Darrell Urban Black, an American visual artist presently living in Frankfurt, Germany. I work in a variety of formats that include Pen and Ink drawings, acrylic paintings on canvas wood and mixed media objects. My creative process is a mixture of works on paper, acrylic paint, found objects and non toxic hot glue which creates a three-dimensional effect on any surface that gives a sense of realism and presence in my artwork. I refer to this optical artistic illusion as “Definism” which portrays various differences in human nature from life’s everyday dramas to humankind’s quest to under-standing self.2
“My artworks transport viewers from the doldrums of their daily reality to a visual interpretation of another reality.”2
In 1982, he joined the National Guard. During this time his previous drawings were lost – but not his passion. In 1988, Darrell, joined the US Army and served another four years. Earned his Bachelor Degree in Science of Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. In April 2001, Darrell, was nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for his artwork titled “The Invasion” in the exhibition “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement,” shown between May and July 30, 2000, in the Frankfurt International Airport.1
Another piece referenced in the nomination letter, was titled “The Cosmic Shroud,” executed with a unique glue and acrylic on linen technique. The image was described as “universally appealing and representing a topic which concerns all of us – The Universe.”1
Darrell, had many local, national and international group art exhibitions. He has artwork permanently displayed in a number of art Galleries, Museums and other Institutions Worldwide. Darrell’s artwork has also been displayed on billboard in New York’s Times Square for the exhibition titled: “See Me Takes over Times Square 2014”.1
I am drawn to Darrell's works at first through his bold and in some cases unbridled use of colour. And once I have indulged my passion for rich hues I start to examine the intricate use of line and shape which seem to weave a narrative across the composition. Take a moment to let you eyes wander around the lines in the images and see where you are taken.
These images are alive with opportunities to explore and create you own interpretation.
Darrell lives in Frankfurt, Germany and continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams. He’s a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP).
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© Thank you to Darrell Urban Black who kindly gave permission for the images of his work to be shared on AnArt4Life.
2. Facebook communication with Darrell Urban Black