Darrell Urban black
Visual Artist: Ink Drawing, Acrylic on Wood, Acrylic on Canvas
About the Artist
Darrell Urban Black was born in Brooklyn and raised in Far Rockaway, 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 putting his artistic visions on paper which resulted in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships carried him to unique wonderlands of strange forms and colors.
In 1982, Darrell joined the National Guard. During this time, his previous drawings were lost – his passion was not. In 1988, Darrell joined the army and served another four years. He earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. In April 2001, Darrel was nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for his artwork titled “The Invasion.” The exhibit, “The Zeppelin in Art, Design, and Advertisement,” in which his art appeared was shown between May and July 30, 2000, in the Frankfurt International Airport . Another piece referenced in the nomination letter, titled “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 which concerns all of us – the universe”. He’s had art in numerous local, national and international group art exhibitions. Darrel has artwork permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums and other institutions in America and Germany. His artwork has been displayed in Veteran Art Shows including one at Intel® Corporation in 2014.
Darrell Urban Black lives in Frankfurt, Germany and continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams. He is a member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP).