Kanyok, Darrel

Born and raised in the US with Canadian maternal roots, Darrel currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At age eight, Darrel received instruction in a local art studio for one year. After this, he was accepted to study under the guidance of award winning Dutch painter, Mary Luth. Darrel learned foundational skill and colour method there until graduating high school. Darrel received several summer art scholarships during his high school years, one of which with renowned sculptor Dennis Valesco. It wasn’t until later, as an adult, that Darrel began to explore conceptualization and creative expression in his art work.

After graduating high school, Darrel's education continued at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. There, he studied women's wear design which segued into fashion and beauty illustration with Brown Ink Associates, NYC. Darrel’s career roster also includes retail window dressing and display, interior design, editorial make up artistry and hairdressing.

In a complete life change, Darrel moved abroad to study estate management in the Netherlands from 2003-2005. There, he had the privilege of touring most of Western Europe and England, exposing himself to the arts, museums, architecture and European culture.

While abroad, Darrel realized art was and would always be his true passion with much clarity. Experiencing different styles from conceptual to realism, Darrel is now painting abstract expressionism, and switching from painting in oils to acrylics.

Recent accomplishments include two self published art books, “Solitary Tree” and “BIG SKY," as well as a children's picture book “Bad Mood Mondays” Balboa Press. 

Artist Statement

Intuition is a very large part of my creative experience, what I’m conscious to accept and willing to dismiss. It is through my creative process that inspiration and intuition come together to assist me in my art. I base my paintings from this energetic flow in combination with a Japanese aesthetic. Going back to my youth, I have deeply resonated with the traditional Japanese aesthetic in ceramics, block print art, architecture and both gardens and natural settings. It is my intention to incorporate both inspiration and this aesthetic, in an abstract expression - the simplistic evolution of an emotion.

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