Art of Definism

Artist Statement

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 nontoxic hot glue. As a child, I made spaceship models, eventually placing my artistic visions on paper, resulting in some 500 drawings. Phantasmal spaceships eventually carried me to a unique wonderland of strange forms and colors. My technique creates a three-dimensional effect on any surface which gives a sense of realism and presence. I refer to this optical artistic illusion as “Definism.” In my opinion, Definism portrays various differences in human nature from life’s everyday dramas to humankind’s quest to understanding self. My artwork transports viewers from the doldrums of their daily reality to a visual interpretation of another reality.

Darrell Urban Black, born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up in Far Rockaway, NY. In high school, he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. Earning a bachelor’s degree in the science of criminal justice administration at the University of Phoenix, he also served in the National Guard. Nominated by the German government as a “candidate of the year’s prize for promising young artists” for his artwork, he had many local, national, and international group art exhibitions. His artwork is permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums, and other institutions in America and Germany, and has been displayed in Veteran Art Shows, including one at Intel Corporation in 2014. A member of the Veteran Artist Program abroad (EuroVAP), Darrell lives in Frankfurt, Germany, and continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams. Find Darrell at: