It’s quite likely you’ve never heard of him. However there’s little doubt in my mind that if he decides to pursue this art thing professionally, soon everyone in the know will know the name Dorian Dargan. As for now, he’s content studying economics, urban planning, and international development at MIT, while quietly evolving into one of the most impressive young artists I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.
Dorian’s art is impressive on many different levels. At 21, he’s already managed to find the bridge that marries pleasing aesthetics and intriguing intellectual concepts, something that many of the greatest artists of generations past were masters of. His art is a gateway into a mind that is constantly moving, perceiving reality and analyzing it. His works are the sum of everything that has subconsciously made him who he is, thrown onto pieces of canvas in violent masses of acrylic.
you are what you eat, 2010 mixed media 40” x “30
Too see Dorian’s work is to see images that instantly evoke thoughts of Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat, both of which he cites as influences. Perhaps what makes Dorian Dargan so successful in his art is the fact that, like Picasso and Basquiat before him, he’s managed to show that conceptual art can look good.
street corner symphony, 2008 mixed media 20” x 28”
Upon inspection of one of Dargan’s paintings, one would perhaps think that Dorian stood in front of a blank canvas, and then everything just sort of came out. You’d be more or less correct. But don’t let that fool you.
The works that make themselves onto the canvases that Dorian Dargan paints upon are manifestations of complex ideas and theories.
detail of pecado, 2010 acrylic 16” x 20”
I recently had a conversation with Dorian, with the goal of gaining a greater understanding of exactly what influences his work and the messages and themes he explores and conveys. It was quite an experience delving into such a brilliant mind. That conversation will be dropping on TheCreativeRoutine in a few days. In the meantime, you can explore his work and observe his creative process here, as well as here. And it’d do you good to check out more of his stuff on his official website. Stay tuned. Part dos of my artist profile of Dorian Dargan is soon to come.
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