artisan direct ~ Darlene Newman

“Through lively, stylized human forms and bright, expressive colors, I strive to bring a mixture of positive messages and spiritual concepts to life in my paintings. Growing up in the age of television, the influence of animated cartooning comes through in my work; yet with much focus and deliberation, I pick and mix cartoon like imagery and real life concepts to create a finished work that is flavorful and fresh. I bring identifiable concepts to life through bright, acrylic brush strokes and strong, stated lines.

“I would like for my work to uplift others and possess something that people can take to help them through the different seasons in life’s journey.”

After graduating from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, with a dual degree in Business Management and the Arts, Darlene furthered her artistic education and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in Illustration. Her professional freelancing career began with her first assignment of illustrating an article for the Wall Street Journal. From there, Darlene’s career blossomed. She has had her work published in several other magazines in the southeastern United States.

She has illustrated a children’s book and some children’s book covers and has been commissioned for murals in Memphis city schools and in private homes. Her paintings hang in the office of the former Commissioner of Health for the state of TN and in the private collections of patrons spanning from California to New York. Darlene resides in her hometown of Memphis, TN with her husband.

  • Solo Exhibitions
  • October 2008, Church Women in Hats, Cossitt Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • August 2008, Not Far From Home, Optimal Health Chiropractic, Memphis, TN
  • February 2007, Artist’s Work, Slavehaven, Memphis, TN
  • February 2006, Nike, Memphis, TN
  • February 2005, She Moves, Curves for Women, Memphis, TN
  • September 2003, New Works, Memphis Public Library, Whitehaven Branch
  • June 2003, Intro, Memphis Public Library, Cherokee Branch
  • Group Exhibitions
  • November 2008, Philadelphia Int’l Art Expo, Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA
  • July 2008, Salon 4.0, Optimal Health Chiropractic, Memphis, TN
  • February — March 2008, International Art Expo, Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
  • February 2008, The AIDS Project 2, Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • September — October 2007, Lift Her, Caritas Village, Memphis, TN
  • August-September 2007, Salon Three, Marshall Arts Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • July 2007, The Little Things, Caritas Village, Memphis, TN
  • February 2007, New Works, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS
  • February 2007, Black History Celebration, Nike, Memphis, TN
  • January 2007, The Love Below, Hatiloo Theater, Memphis, TN
  • December 2006, Caritas Village, Memphis, TN
  • December 2006, FedEx Winter Exhibition, FedEx International Headquarters, Memphis, TN
  • October 2006, Fuzion 3.0: Taking on Hip-Hop, Delta Axis Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • September 2006, Meeting Miss Conception, Tunica Museum, Tunica, MS
  • July 2006, Salon Two, MCA On the Street Gallery, Memphis TN
  • February 2006, Deep Roots, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR
  • November 2005, Church, Inc., Stephanie Ward Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • November 2005, Greater Middle Baptist, Memphis, TN
  • July 2005, Salon, MCA On the Street Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • July 2004, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • February 2002, Black Heritage Festival, Int’l Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, GA
  • May 2001, (In)-descent exposure, Savannah Coffee House, Savannah, GA
  • February 2001, Black Heritage Festival, Int’l Trade and Convention Center Savannah, GA
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