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Colin Darke is an artist who marries realism and abstraction to create layered narratives of despair and hope. In describing his art, The Detroit News said Colin employs a bold, colorful style reminiscent of the German Expressionists. He has shown extensively throughout Michigan, and in 2010 Rackstraw Downes, a 2009 MacArthur Fellow, selected one of Colins pieces for the 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Bowery Gallery in New York City. Colin has also illustrated for The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art - Detroit. Additionally, Colins artistic practice includes writing art reviews and interviewing other artists. He writes for the highly influential Brooklyn based art blog Hyperallergic , and he is a cultural critic for The Huffington Post . He has also written for the Art:21 Blog , which is part of the Peabody Award winning PBS Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century project. To see more of his writings and interviews, visit ArtSibs .

Cool Fact: Ai Weiwei re-tweeted Colin's portrait of Ai Weiwei (which contains Colin's hand-written copying of Ai Weiwei's tweets on the side of the painting):
@aiww: RT @colindarke: My @aiww portrait is in the @NYGroupShow, which opens tonight

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