Darrell Urban Black grew up in Far Rockaway, New York, currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany, and is a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP). In high school, Darrell excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. In June 1969, as America fulfilled President Kennedy's dream to put the American Stars and Stripes into the dusty surface of the moon, his fascination with spaceships grew. As a child, Darrell made spaceship models, eventually placing his artistic visions on paper, resulting in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships eventually carried him to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors.
In 1982, Darrell joined the National Guard. During this time, his previous drawings were lost—but not his passion. In 1988, he joined the army and served another four years. 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. Another piece referenced in the nomination letter, The Cosmic Linen, was executed with a unique glue and acrylic on linen technique. The image was described as "universally appealing and representing a topic that concerns all of us—the universe." Darrell has had many local, national, and international group art exhibitions, including artwork permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums, and other institutions in America and Germany. darrell-black.pixels.com
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