Mixed Media, Painting, Photography
A Detroit native currently residing in Chicago, Darren Pollard uses several acrylic mediums, found objects, magazine articles and sand to create a kaleidoscope of intertwining random themes that challenge the idea that social conformity and patterned behavior must exist for society to thrive.
At the age of 18, Darren Pollard moved to Chicago from Detroit to attend DeVry Institute of Technology. After a classmate sold him a Pentax camera for fifty dollars, he dropped out and roamed the streets of Chicago taking photographs of everything he saw. After leaving Chicago to return to school, Pollard received a BS in Psychology from Illinois State University, and then moved to Springfield, IL to pursue a Master’s Degree in Community Arts Management. After 4 years in Springfield, Pollard moved to the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. Pollard credits living in Wicker Park in the mid-to-late-nineties as his first real exposure to artist who made a living painting.
In 2002, Pollard moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he refined his skills as a photographer. A year and a half later he was hired as a photography instructor at a community college in the Bay Area, and started exhibiting his fine art photography. Pollard also started a photography club for kids the Mission district of San Francisco and served as photography curator at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California.
In 2009 Pollard returned to Chicago to be closer to his two children. Exposing his kids to photography and painting inspired him to paint. His success as an abstract painter has been somewhat surprising. In a few short years Pollard has been included in several group shows throughout Chicago and the East Coast, and has accumulated a list of notable collectors throughout the United States.