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New Gestural Abstract Paintings by Darrell Roberts – “Thick, Slather, More”

An Exhibition of New Gestural Abstract Paintings

May 25 through June 17, 2017

Darrell Roberts Painted Desert Oil on canvas 2016 12.875" x 10"

Darrell Roberts

Color Trajectory Oil on canvas 2015 12.375" x 12.25"

Darrell Roberts Burst of Satisfaction Oil on canvas 2015 12.375" x 12.375"

Darrell Roberts Desert Sunset Oil on canvas 2016 12.625" x 9.625"

Darrell Roberts A Colorful Account Oil on canvas 2016 13 x 12.75


American artist Darrell Roberts is best known for his abstractions full of color and texture. In his decades-spanning practice, he has explored different materials and mediums. Darrell began exploring painting in high school and was creative throughout his childhood, today he creates gracefully formed abstracts that are boldly colored and hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. Each painting consists of swatches of oil paint perfectly chosen by color layered upon layer, and with tiny painted out imperfections beneath allowed to flicker through.

Roberts moved to Chicago in 1997 after attending the University of Northern Iowa, where he received a BA in Art History. He spent the summer of 1996 on the Leon Levy Expedition in Ashkelon, Israel on an archaeology dig. There he realized his interest in ancient civilizations and desire to pursue painting. Darrell continued his education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA and MFA in studio art. Mr. Roberts had a solo show titled "Luscious" at the Hyde Park Art Center January 21st to March 27, 2007. A Robert Rauschenberg Grant was awarded to Roberts March 2007.

He has been in numerous shows in the last decade and was awarded a full fellowship on behalf of the Dedalus Foundation to the Vermont Studio Center for December 2007. A grant from the George Sugarman Foundation was awarded to him for the enrichment of his artistic career November 2007. A generous grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation was awarded in December 2007. Darrell received an Illinois Arts Council Grant in January 2009 and a grant on behalf of the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, March 2009. Darrell was invited to the NIV Art Center, International residency Sept-Oct. 2012, New Delhi, India. An exhibition LOCUS SOLUS: RASA * 12 was held at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India. In 2013 Darrell returned to India and participated in Crack International Artist Residency in Kushtia, Bangladesh. In 2014 Mr. Roberts received an unrestricted financial award from The Tanne Foundation. In 2015 Mr. Roberts participated in two international residencies; at the Shangyuan Art Museum in Beijing, China and at Linea De Costa in Cadiz, Spain.

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