|Artist Statement||Biography||My Approach|
Thomas Hart Benton once said, “painting is a great field if you can make it past the first 30 years.” Well, I’ve made it, and although it’s a daily struggle, painting is my life’s passion.
As a painter, I draw my inspirations from every day life. I will paint anything (still lifes, city streets, seascapes, portraits, nudes, animals, interiors) that will hold still long enough for me to capture.
My perceptions about life continuously change as I paint. Every painting I do is a chance for me to explore the small things in life that I don’t notice. And, more importantly, it’s a way for me to discover myself.
Daryl Urig was raised near the shores of Lake Erie in small rural town called Avon Lake in Ohio. His surroundings during his early childhood influence much of his work. His memories are about life around the water including beaches, harbors, boats and adventures exploring his grandpas’ 80-acre farm with his cousin in Avon.
Painting has always been Urig’s passion. His work clearly reflects his enthusiasm with textural depictions masterfully executed using a panting knife and brush. In high school, he won a Hallmark award for painting. He continued his formal training at the Columbus College of Art and Design where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. During his senior year in college, Dialogue Magazine chose his work for their cover. He further supplemented his training, taking courses in illustration and figure drawing at the DuCret School of Arts, in New Jersey.
Following his formal training, Urig illustrated for magazine and book covers in New York City and New Jersey. Moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to design and illustrate advertisements and create surface graphic designs on packaging for Proctor and Gamble. Combining design and painting he won the poster completion promoting the Cincinnati Oktoberfest. Started Total Media Source, Inc., and Internet Marketing Company. This interactive design company designed learning programs for WGUC Radio and WCET TV, also the National Underground Freedom Center.
Taught illustration and design at Northern Kentucky University. As an Adjunct Professor and Academic Coordinator with the University of Cincinnati for over 10 years. He created a forward thinking 4-year program in the arts. His students were able to move forward with confidence and knowledge in a changing workplace.
He judged for the Overture Awards 3 years in a row. This is a program that recognizes, encourages and rewards excellence in arts in Tri-state students in grades 9 – 12. He developed a children’s workshop called Young Picassos to motivate young painters.
His work has hung in the Columbus Art Museum and the Toledo Art Museum. He has won major awards all across the United states including the Salmagundi Club in New York City. He is represented by many galleries in the United States. He has won awards with the Portrait Society of America and is the premier painter for the Indian Hill Historic Society in Indian Hill, Ohio. His painting won the Arnold Choice Award from Arnold Schwarzenegger (then California Governor) at the Arnold Sports Event.
Urig has painted with gouache, egg tempera, oil, watercolor and acrylic paints. His comprehension of the oil paint medium has moved his painting in the direction of using green products made with Walnut Oil. These are healthy for the artist, the environment and the finished oil paintings. Creating visual excellence.
Going green with painting means Oil Painting without Solvents. Free your studio of dangerous solvents by using walnut oil in place of turpentine or odorless mineral spirits when cleaning brushes. Walnut oil removes color from the artist's brush or tool as effectively as odorless paint thinners, without creating a solvent hazard. Walnut oil is a natural vegetable oil that neither evaporates nor removes essential oils. The addition of walnut oil to color will increase flow and slow the drying.
Urig believes that today’s painter can be the poet that teaches us about life, leaving a legacy of our time period. He wants to create a program that would motivate artists across the country. So he created a National Tour of Workshops that focused on the core needs of the painter. He is a knowledgeable educator who will divulge his artistic secrets to help the individual artist reach their full creative potential. His unique painting understanding and ability to teach makes him a worthwhile resource for entry level to professional artist. He is booking workshops 3 years out to substantiate the need for what he has to offer other artists.
Urig is currently working on a book to make art more easily understood. Not as something only for the educated and learned. A concept so that anyone who would otherwise be unable to participate can now find visual self expression approachable. In this way he can formulate manageable concepts into actionable processes.
He enjoys participating in plein air events and painting in his studio in preparation for gallery exhibitions. He judges shows and gives lectures to art groups. Urig’s Blog “The Adventures of an American Oil Painter is read by more than 50,000 viewers annually at www.DarylUrig.com/blog
He resides in Harrison, Ohio just outside of Cincinnati and is a partial year resident in South Carolina. He’s a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, Indiana Plein air Painters and Cincinnati Art Club.
I don’t believe there are steps one must follow to make a great painting. Painting is from the heart, and it’s your passion that radiates from the canvas that makes a piece special. However, I do have some techniques and styles unique to my work that I would like to share.
For most of my paintings, I work with a painting knife on canvas panel using oil paints and Walnut Oil. Basically natural non-toxic and orderless products.
With each canvas, I take a fresh approach. Every painting I do, even if it’s part of a series, is unique. Like every piece I create, each subject I paint has individual cues – light, color, texture, architecture, statement and frame of mind. I rely on their cues to accurately capture the subject with my paintings. Additionally, I bring my own experiences and emotions to each canvas.
After capturing the subject and my emotions on the canvas, I focus on the uniformity of my paintings. Keeping this in mind, I limit my color pallet, mixing as many colors from as few as possible before adding a new color. This sparing approach adds uniformity to the colors within the painting, so that the colors work in unison and move your eyes across the canvas.