I am a self taught, emerging, Mixed Media Artist. I started producing art and exhibiting professionally in 2017. Taking a brief hiatus in 2019 to recover from a brain hemorrhage, which had a profound effect on my art practice and outlook on life in general.
My Art practice became both therapeutic and healing. My influences and reference points are vast and complex. Drawn from my London City upbringing, sexuality, my stroke, human interactions, music and fascinations My images, saturated in colour, a hang over from album sleeves, TV, video and movie special effects from the era I grew up in. Starting life from an early age in the performing arts; of Film and Television, I landed in a cradle of creativity.
But later worked in the music business, finance and the Probation service, so my art practice came late in life to me. If I had to name influences I would say photographers Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Patty Carroll and Robert Doisneau. Artists that inspire me include Werner Buttner, Norman Rockwell, Francis Bacon and Jean – Michael Basiquiat.
But I also delight in the visceral brutishness of Artemisia Gentileschi and the surreal world inhabited by Leonora Carrington I am adventurous and experimental, both on canvas and behind the lens. I am labelled an automatic artist, unless commission to great a desired image, my work just unfolds unplanned and organic.
I create Pop Art and Abstract work; stylised illustrations and sketches, using oil sticks, brush markers, charcoal and acrylics. I am a pioneer of British Smartphone Photographic PhoneArtists. Under strict control parameters I am pushing the boundaries of Smartphones and free android apps to the limit. I never use preset effects or photoshop, preferring the creative freedoms that playing with light, colour and contrasts can bring. Whilst exploring the possibilities of the digital medium as a permanent extension to ourselves, through which the creative process is immediately accessible to everyone.
This work is produced entirely from photographic images, shot and edited on the tiny screen of my smartphone and only sees a PC to resize for printing or colour checking. Hence the resultant resultant body of my work in this field now sits under my banner – #tinyeyeproject.
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A Big thank you to all of the Artists who submitted art to issue seven and congratulations to all who have been selected for this issue.
In a few days we will be announcing a new call for art for Issue Eight. … Stay Tuned!
Artists in Issue Seven
Dennis Corrigan – Front Cover Artist TA Riney – Back Cover Artist
My 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. “My artworks transport viewers from the doldrums of their daily reality to a visual interpretation of another reality.”
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.
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. 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.” 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: “SeeMe Takes over Times Square 2014”
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).
As a classic introvert, the Pandemic allowed me to live a life I had only dreamt of. No appointments, no lunches, no parties. Even phone calls dried up.
This collection began in January 2021 as a form of pandemic diary. I was able to focus on the small moments that make up a day. My dog barking, a charming house, a knotty tree. As the world opens I am committed to keeping my eyes on “the small picture”.
Painting these moments force me, and I hope the viewer, to “realize life while we live it” (to quote Thorton Wilder).
The scenes are rendered not as they are, but as they appear in my mind with flattened shapes, distorted perspectives, romanticized palettes recognizable from Outsider and Pop Art.
The work is primarily oil painting with elements from past series to clarify my voice. This includes cardboard layers, polymer objects, thread and glitter to infuse the scenes with my humor, humanity and warped look at the world.
The Spring Map paintings are inspired by the quarantine of Covid-19. Using old Renaissance maps to speak to the spread of disease felt fitting as a starting point for finding our place in a new unknown world. The geography of these old maps is strange and wonky which resonates with the current world situation. Martin Waldseemüller’s Mappa Mundi of 1507 inspired me. His map was the first map to name America (after Vespucci’s voyage). It is comprised of twelve pieces, which seems a perfect metaphor for how the globe has been shattered, nations shutting borders and residents under lockdowns, all separated.
The thought of the Great Plague of 1351 seemed so ancient and never even a possibility of happening to us given our great medical and social strides in the last six hundred or so years. Yet, unbelievably here we are, literally living through a historic pandemic surrounded by huge uncertainty and losses of life and of connection. My paintings are paintings of life, of finding existential meaning in crisis. The geography is deliberately inaccurate as a means to portray disorientation and confusion. The colors are a nod to spring and regeneration, including flowers in states of decay and of blossom. These paintings are my thoughts and dreams of our place in the stars and our time.
Susan Lizotte lives in Los Angeles and balances her studio practice with her family and pets, including a pet peacock.
Releah Michelle was born in Georgia in 1987. She is a self-taught abstract expressionist who has been honing her artistic voice for many years. Merging her love for painting abstract figures and automatic painting around the movement of energy paves a straight line to her artistic vocal cord.
She is currently based in Georgia and is inspired by her ancestors, ancient Egyptian history, the spiritual world, meditation, and the use of bright colors. Beauty also plays a significant part in her style presented in the artworks because she was previously an independent latex clothing fashion designer for a total of 7 years. She presented at NY Fashion Week and put on several local fashion shows. Her creative process for the abstract figurative paintings begin with either her sketching first or free-hand painting figures into abstract backgrounds. Her creative process for abstract paintings begin with layers of acrylic paint being applied on the canvas over a period of days often incorporating a mixed media approach.
Art is a path so I describe my art as an extension of my previous fashion designer career. As an artist and expressionist who is constantly evolving spiritually my art explores the relationship between beauty and the spiritual world. Reflections of the soul, beautiful black woman, and texture are a couple of the subject matters you will find in my artwork.