Darin Cooper

Raised in Newport News, Virginia, Darin Cooper is heavily influenced by his Southern upbringing, where the Church, hip hop, and the legacies of American slavery were ubiquitous. Cooper also presents his interpretation of the various mechanisms of spiritual release Black people created for themselves throughout history. Working primarily in acrylics, he achieves his signature watercolor-resembling look by using rubbing alcohol to disintegrate parts of the original pigment, creating a glaze of color across different shades. He then collages this foundation with referential prints to complete the intended image, building a mixed media take on traditional acrylic painting.