|D. Roberts -10"x8" watercolor pencils on gessoed masonite boardz|
Today’s featured artist is Chicago based artist, Darrell Roberts. He’s even been gracious enough to include his version of Munch’s “The Scream.” As far as the work of other artists goes, Roberts gravitates to (and perhaps may be influenced by) DeKooning.
“…the one I keep coming back to is DeKooning's ‘Excavation’ painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. The painting always holds my attention, takes my brain into a world of wonderment and love looking at the layers and layers he painted out and over and over each other.”
Background from and about the artist:Darrell Roberts is a Chicago based artist represented by Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago. His artwork is full of intense colors and textures as he draws his influences from the lakefront path of Lake Michigan, the Chicago skyline and construction sites in the city. Darrell has a Bachelors in Art History from the University of Northern Iowa, a Bachelors of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts in studio art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Darrell Roberts is a painter’s painter. He is interested in the physical act of painting. Immersed in a life time of art history, Darrell responds, views and reacts to the mammoth wall size paintings of the 1950′s. By creating thick visceral paintings, Darrell squeezes those paintings down to small scale paintings which still have the same amount of power to capture the viewers attention in the same amount of wall space while having a Contemporary painting feel.
Which is your favorite work of yours and why?
Here is one of my favorite paintings I created. I love the intensity of colors, the thick brushstrokes, opaqueness and textures. It is small scale 10"x8"x2" oil and pumice on canvas. Pumice is a texture I mix into my paints made from volcanic ash. This painting still makes me happy every time I look at it.
|by D. Roberts|
What is your favorite thing you've purchased in the last 30 days and why?
My Kindle Fire is my favorite thing I have purchased recently. It fits perfectly in my hand on the go and for long hours. I take it everywhere. I can read books, watch movies in color with great clarity, check my email and Facebook on it and it is so slim it fits in my tiny shoulder bag I carry with me.
What do you think about "The Scream" auctioning @ $120 million on May 2nd?
I believe it is absolutely awesome The Scream sold for $120 million. It makes me proud that something that can only be made by an individual person can gain so much value and worth through the decades. It really goes to show how art can be more valuable than money and that says a lot.
One hundred years from now, what do you want people to think/ remember about you?
I want people to remember that I was happy with life and worked with what I was given. I made the best of every situation. I am proud to have taken advantage of my opportunity of life and live it to the fullest every day.
To learn more about Roberts and his work, visit: http://darrell-roberts.com/.