Artist Statement:

As a dancer and performing artist storytelling has always been at the core of my life’s work and embedded in my artistry.  Working with digital photography, mixed media & performative art I'm able to capture moments that allow me to freeze a subject in time.  I’m most drawn to photographing and showcasing people of color to highlight and narrate the stories of individuals who shape our global culture but often don’t get credited for their cultural contributions.  I love being able to capture these provocative images and ideals of people of color, and in doing so I feel it allows us, the black community a way to take back our power and to frame us as we see ourselves and not how history has so often inaccurately depicted us.

 

Routinely the writers of history falsely frame us as being a defeated people, lazy, savage or only seen as the disenfranchised and over sexualized.  My belief is that a skewed one-sided lens narrative does not capture the full scope of a person much less a people.  We have to have a hand in writing our own narrative, and art is a universal language that allows that message to reach all people no matter who you are or where you’re from, or what language you speak. I want to tell our story, the good, the bad and the ugly.  I want to tell our story with sincere honesty while framing it as an immersive human experience and not from the lens of a spectator but from the lens of the people living it.

-Bio

Darryl Dwayne Walker is an artist ( actor / tv correspondent), creative director, educator, and movement specialist. Originally hailing from Norfolk Virginia born to two parents who migrated from the deep south of Birmingham Alabama. Darryl is best known for his work as a performing artist and his corresponding work in front of the camera for the TV show "Montage."

 

Starting and completing the first half of his higher education at The Art Institute of Philadelphia and finishing the second half of his higher education at Norfolk State University. His career as a dancer and performing artist started while acquiring his BA of Fine Arts with a focus in fashion marketing.  The opportunity to tour and book work as a dancer were opened and he would share the stage with international R&B recording artist such as Mario, Monica, T.R.U, Carl Thomas, Cheri Dennis and many more. 

Darryl has since danced in Off-Broadway Show "Cain and Able" starring multi-platinum recording artist Grammy winner Fred Hammond. He has also served as Creative Director and choreographed theater productions with Atlantic Records recording artist and song writer Darrell "Tank" Babbs as well as Aunjanue Ellis from the HBO Series "Lovecraft Country," along with many other stage productions and photoshoots.  Mr. Walker has also worked on indie film "Incomplete" overseeing costume and wardrobe design for the film and its entire cast. For three seasons Darryl Dwayne worked as an entertainment news correspondent for the TV show "Montage," which aired in several markets on TV. Those markets broadcasted in Atlanta Georgia, Virginia, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Fresno California, and New York City.  Working for Montage allowed Darryl to further cultivate his skill set behind and in front of the camera. Darryl continues to teach master dance classes, choreograph, and work on film and television productions.  

Currently as a digital and mixed media artist, Darryl Dwayne is flexing his performing arts background and television personality skills at the same time.  Working as The Coordinator Of Community Engagement at the Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) where he also acts as the Creative Director over yearly summer theater productions and works in partnership with the artist in residency program. He also produces and host Live IGTV series #HappyHourNMOA,  "Art, Culture, and Spirits" which is supported by Tito's Handmade Vodka as part of NMOA's virtual programming.  Darryl is currently on Season 3 of "Talks With Myself" a tv & web  series cast in the role of Maurice.  Darryl’s digital art/photography work has been on view at The Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ, The Newark Arts Festival, and Prospect St. Firehouse Cultural Center, Newark, NJ.  The quote that Darryl has coined and lives by is "I Dream In Color As I Paint My Dreams Into Reality," and he continues to do just that.