New Era Artist Feature: Volume 2

I’ve been enjoying interviewing our artists. It’s interesting to learn more about the persons behind the art I work with on a daily basis. Today I am going to introduce you to Darvin Jones, one of my favorite New Era artists.

Darvin's paint brushes

Although Darvin would rather be an actor, iron-chef, super hero or astronaut he has embraced his role as an artist. He sums it up; “life is art and art is life, they really are inseparable.

Darvin in his studio

Q: What or who inspired you to paint? How did you discover your talent for art?

A: I would say my experiences working as an artist assistant and art handler in NY and on the West Coast. I studied art academically not as a practitioner. I started painting to basically see if I could do it and if I could do it better than the art I was hanging on museum walls. I discovered my talent though really out of a necessity during a dim time in my life.

Darvin's paint splattered jeans

Q: Do you work certain hours each day or only when you are inspired to work?

A: I work every day, I may not paint everyday but I’m in my studio everyday, every week. I wish I had the luxury of painting only when I am inspired, although on second thought then I would probably paint 24/7 and never stop.


Q: You have some very unique titles to your pieces, is there always a deeper meaning to your pieces or do some of them just portray emotions?

A: It’s a combination of both. I usually try to sum up the meaning of the painting in the title or what I feel the piece is about. The paintings are always a riddle or a metaphor and so the titles suggest the rhetorical nature of the painting by using an interplay of words to title them.

Q: Out of all of the pieces you’ve painted, which is your most favorite?

A: Really? As I heard a mother put it when asked, which kid is her favorite I don’t have favorites, I love them all.

"Where is the Architect" JD162A. Darvin may have trouble picking a favorite, but this is one of my favorites. Here it is hanging in my family room at home.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?

A: Is this a trick question? Hum, I guess it would be a toss up between Matthew Ritchie, Julie Mehretu and Takashi Murakami.

Stayed tuned in for my next post!

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