S. Darius Parker was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. Initially, his desire for the arts came from his mother’s dedication and passion of the arts. But, after several careers and 5 ½ years in the Air Force, he determinedly chased his own art passion and completed a Graphic Design degree from The Arts Institute in 2015.
Darius uses symbolism and visual metaphors to explore multifaceted social and political issues of the past and the present. His strong roots growing up in Atlanta: the red clay, the magnolia trees, the southern slang, the cotton field hymnals, the long hot summer day, all are a catalyst for his artworks.
Darius is inspired by artists Henry OssawaTanner, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Frank Marks, and Shepard Fairey. His acrylic paintings combine the artistic styles of expressionism and the simplistic concepts of Graphic Design and Typography.
Darius was featured in Time Magazine article, entitled “Black Art Is In High Demand. But Telling Our Stories Comes at a” by Chad Sanders. He received an “Award for Excellence” at the exhibition Conception Arts-Global Art Collective, New York, NY, 2019. Other exhibitions include: “Articulated Atlanta”, Mint Gallery, Atlanta, 2021, and “Black Boy Art Show,” WXLLXM, Atlanta, Ga., 2021.
Times Magazine article - Jan 29, 2021
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