Darrell Urban Black born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. As a child he made spaceship models eventually placing his artistic visions on paper resulting in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships eventually carried him to unique wonderland of strange forms and colors. He joined the National Guard in 1982 and currently resides in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP) and has artwork permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums and other institutions in America and Germany.
Palm Beach Opera opens its 19-20 season with a charming and creative production of "Hansel and Gretel" at Delray Beach's Crest Theatre on Dec. 6-8, starring the company's artists in residence.
Assessing craftsmanship can be a tricky road to navigate. People outside of the art field tend to exclusively equate a high level of polish and technical skill with craftsmanship. And indeed, accurate perspective and anatomy, clean, crisp linework and smooth gradients coupled with luxurious slatherings of photo-real detail are impressive to be sure. Who has not heard the oft-repeated exclamation “That is SO cool! It looks just like a PHOTOGRAPH!”? But what of the gestural, spontaneous mark-making of the Impressionists and Abstract Expressionists? Are those artists simply lazy or unskilled? Or is something else going on here?