Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago
McCormick Gallery,
McCormick Gallery,
Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi
Joan Grona Gallery
McCormick Gallery,
Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago
Not Just Another Pretty Face, HPAC
NJAPF, Hyde Park Art Center
NJAPF, Hyde Park Art Center
Vermont Studio Center
Sculptures / Assemblages
 Biography-Artist Statement

L2 Kontemporary, LA
Humming Bird Press, Chicago, works on paper
Brickton Art Center
mn gallery, Chicago
Noir gallery, Jacksonville, IL
Ossia-5 Artist Project
Slide show Flash
Corporate Commissions
Corporate Collections
Studio Interview
Galesburg Civic Art Center
ArtNews Magazine
Hinsdale Center for the Arts
Indian Hills Community  College
University of Northern Iowa
Evanston Biennial
Not Just Another Pretty Face 2010
Beverly Arts Center
The Korean Cultural Center of Chicago
Studio Slide show Flash
Identity Discourse : HPAC
Langham Hotel, Chicago
Video Interviews
Texas Studios
NJAPF 2013
Darrell in his studio
Abstract Paintings
Abstract Paintings
Abstract Paintings
Abstract Paintings
Bangladesh Residency
365 DAYS ARTISTS Interview

DARRELL K ROBERTS, An Email Interview by Ernest Boehm


The Painter of the Thick and the Luscious. I have know Darrell for a number of years. I can say without a doubt that several people would have less intriguing art collections without his presence in the world. Many of us would be poorer painters, and exhibitors without his generosity. I must note that Darrell's work is at the core of my personal collection and I am happy to see his art on my walls. I started the interview series with him because he is always game and he has meaningful things to say.

Photo Below of Darrell's Recent Casting Work.

EJB: What have you been working on the longest, what has been the thing that has most captivated your attention as an artist? DKR: I am always working on a series or artwork, usually 3 or 4 different series at the same time, so that is what I am constantly working on the longest. I am always looking and observing so everything captures my attention. From walks to the lake, train rides, the metropolis and going to museums twice a week for two hours where I sketch directly from paintings and sculptures. One must really look to see. I take several photos and some video clips to document my environment for inspiration but sketching makes you take the most time to really observe and notice things you have never seen before. EJB: What are the new directions you are perusing, what is the next big thing from your art? DKR: I work on a lot of stuff at once, I have been casting objects. Mostly containers that get thrown in the trash. I am interested in the intricate pattern and design that goes unnoticed and is thrown away. I am making a pile of these object that will cover a six foot table and be stacked like cornucopia of harvested bounty. My paintings will always be the next big thing though as that is what I exhibit continuously.


One of Darrell's recent painting with its " normal level" of color and texture

EJB: I consider you an artist of processes, you work and work and exhaust an idea ever improving, what is at the heart of your process, what drives you to start and complete a new line of work? DKR: Process is key to making art. An artist must make, make, make, make and make. I dedicated five days and seven evenings to my studio practice this summer, and that is still not enough. In the winter I work for 18 hours straight. I have worked through days and not noticed it, working for 32 hours and then sleeping for 20 hours. My mind takes over my body and it is the greatest euphoric experience the human body can experience. It takes me 6-8 months to create a body of work. I paint over paintings and over and over. Sometimes they just sit on the wall waiting to speak to me for what to do next. I remove and bring back what I have obscured until I can do no more and then after a few days of being away from the painting, I know it is complete.


EJB: You are into heavy textured thick paintings, you paintings are also about intense color, talk about texture and color in your painting. DKR: Color and Texture defines my work, the two most important elements in art for me. I care formally about the construction of my art the most. I believe artist Fraser Taylor has described my work the best. "Darrell Roberts is an exceptional and committed artist. His practice is rooted within the tradition of drawing and painting yet he rigorously challenges and provokes the history of abstraction in new and important ways. His work is full of severity and has a vital and demanding sense of urgency. The paint is thick and rich with color. His sources are unknown but imply a landscape that is active with spatial tensions and temper. His energetic exhibition program is acknowledgement of the appeal and relevance that his work has within today's complex visual art culture." -Fraser Taylor, Visiting Artist, The Art Institute of Chicago. EJB: What do you want most from your art? DKR: Personal satisfaction. I want to feel that my work stands on it on and people can look at it and know it is one of mine without being told who made it.

EJB: Final question(s) what is the artistic object that you possess with which you will not part, What is the one object of art you wish you could possess but that you may never get the chance too? DKR: I have a 4'x5' painting I completed in art school before going to grad school. It was my transition point into my now developed work. People have offered me five times what it would cost in a gallery I will not sell it. It is my own personal Matisse. I spend days and months in museums in NY, Chicago, LA, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa and everywhere I go. I often wish I could pop a little painting off the wall and take it home with me to enjoy it in my solitary.