Darryll Schiff Solo Exhibition

4pm - 7 pm Saturday, Sept 24th

Darryll Schiff’s recent mural project in the South Loop brought attention to Chicago’s art community. The past decade has seen an amazing blossoming of Darryll Schiff’s work, so evident in his recent Evanescence series and his newest ‘Descending to Heaven,’ just finished mural in the South Loop. They are metaphors for the impermanent, ephemeral quality of our lives, the constant flow and frenzy of contemporary rimes, illusions, and of perception versus reality.


After the Institute of Design and continuing to work on his fine art, Darryll also pursued a successful commercial photography career, including shooting assignment for Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Rolling Stone, Women’s Wear Daily, Stern, Geo, Beverly Hills Magazine, Pepsi, Capitol Records, and Charles Jourdan. His list of celebrity clients includes Tea Leoni, Lisa Marie Presley, Mark Harmon, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Patric, Jasmine Guy, Robin Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King, and Jada Pinkett Smith.


Approximately 10 years ago Darryll decided to focus solely on his fine art. Mr. Schiff’s art appears in many noteworthy institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, George Eastman House, Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and in many private collections.

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Philip Hartigan: What creative surprises are happening in the current work?
Darryll Schiff: The big surprise is how comfortable I have become with color, bright color. My background is in fine art photography and is very classical. At the Institute of Design, where I studied, I learned black and white from some masters, including Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel. We did do some work in color, but at the time, it was secondary to black and white.


Philip Hartigan: What other artistic medium (or non-artistic activity) feeds your creative process?
Darryll Schiff: There is something about painting that can be quite inspiring, whether it is something modern, like Picasso, or an old master. About two years ago I was trav

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