Intro


Colin Darke, 42, is a fair-minded corporate executive from Detroit.  But his rarity lies in the fact that, while only 1% of the world population is naturally ambidextrous, literally 1 in nearly a billion can draw freely with both hands simultaneously to make exquisite, detailed character studies.   

Yes, Colin draws these with both hands in real time, and as a result, can make stunningly original work in very little time. He most often draws with one color per hand to illuminate this incredibly rare talent.  And the world is noticing (over 10 Million video views in only a couple of months).      

While Colin has been drawing since he was 5 years old, he only would draw with both hands as practice and never really showed that talent to anyone – in fact, he would just use his left hand when his right hand got tired, not thinking anything of it.  

He started posting 3x sped-up videos of his process, and the initial reaction made him realize how unique this ability really was. He noted, “The positive support has really inspired me to create more — and the more I create, the more I want to create. Creativity truly breeds creativity.” 

This has led to a flurry of commentary, with some fans claiming Colin uses both sides of his brain. Not quite, but Colin has been featured in a couple magazines for being a successful attorney and artist. Modern Counsel observed, “One might say that Colin Darke’s lifetime calling is to create. As an artist, attorney, father, and avid fan of the newly burgeoning city of Detroit, Darke harnessed his considerable imaginative skills to enhance his home, office, and even his community.” He creates and he creates at an exceptionally high level. In fact, he helped start Rocket Loans in 2015–Colin is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for Rocket Loans, a fintech company in Detroit (and part of the Family of Companies that includes Rocket Mortgage (Quicken Loans)). 

In describing his art, The Detroit News said Darke employs, “a bold, colorful style reminiscent of the German Expressionists.”   Darke regularly shows in Michigan and New York. In 2017, he was one of a small group of artists selected for Art in the City: Detroit Visionaries, at the Carr Center in Detroit. In 2010, Rackstraw Downes (a 2009 MacArthur Fellow) selected one of Colin’s pieces for the 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition at the Bowery Gallery (New York, NY).  

Darke also loves to write (he has more than 100 published articles). He has written for the highly influential Brooklyn-based art blog Hyperallergic, and for several years he was a cultural critic for The Huffington Post. He was also the Editor-in-Chief for the popular cultural webzine TheDetroiter.com for several years. During that time, he organized the Beauty Debate event, which consisted of (1) a large art show of 20 nationally and internationally recognized artists (including street artist ELLE and video artist Tim White-Sobieski), and (2) a panel discussion of local art experts and art experts from New York (including Hyperallergic founder and Editor-in-Chief Hrag Vartanian).

He was also a writer-in-residence for PBS’s Art:21 Magazine, where one of his articles was a top ten most viewed article in 2012. He has been covered in The Huffington Post, The Detroit News, the Wall Street Journal blog, and WDET (public radio), among other news organizations, including having features written about him in Motion magazine and Modern Counsel magazine.

His love of creating and learning also led Colin to study the law. After obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in watercolor painting from Western Michigan University, Darke obtained a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Michigan State University. He has also obtained a Masters in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law (where he was awarded the A. John Serino Outstanding Graduate Banking Law Student Prize at graduation).

All-in-all, Colin is moving at an exceptionally fast pace and the world is starting to catch-up to realize what a unique, creative talent he really is. 

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Here is my longer CV, because I need to keep it somewhere to keep track of stuff 🙂

C.V.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
  • 2017, Detroit Visionaries, group exhibition, The Carr Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2016, Don’t Stop Me Now, Call for Bushwick, Juror along with Sandro Bosi, Jeanne Brasile, Benjamin Krause, and John Seed, New York, New York
  • 2012, Inspiring TheDetroiter.com, curator for group exhibition, Accelerator Gallery, Detroit, Michigan and Launch F18, New York, New York
  • 2012, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Juror: Mi-Kyoung Lee, juried group exhibition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, Michigan
  • 2012, Beauty Debate, curator for group exhibition, Art Effect Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2012, Hope against Odds, solo exhibition, Art Effect Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2012, Sibling Revelry @ The Y, two person exhibition with Kelly Darke, Boll Family YMCA, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2012, Homage, invitational group exhibition, River’s Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, Michigan
  • 2011, Rebellion & Empowerment in Contemporary Art, Curator: Kianga Ellis, Kianga Ellis Projects, Brooklyn, New York
  • 2011, DAM Small(er), juried group exhibition, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2011, Actual Size Biennial, Juror: Aaron Timlin, invitational group exhibition, Whitdel Art Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2011, Hope and Rules, solo exhibition, Michigan State University College of Law, Lansing, Michigan
  • 2011, Word Play, Juror: Carole Harris, group exhibition, Grosse Pointe Art Center, Grosse Pointe City, Michigan
  • 2010, ArtPrize, LaFontsee Galleries/ Underground Studio (host gallery), group exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 2010, That DAM Box Show, juried group exhibition, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2010, 18th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Juror: Rackstraw Downes (2009 MacArthur Fellow), juried group exhibition, Bowery Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2010, artBlast, two person invitational exhibition with artist Susan Morosky, Robinson Gallery, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, Michigan
  • 2010, Members Group Exhibition and Competition, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2010, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Juror: Sondra Freckelton, juried group exhibition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, Michigan
  • 2009, Sibling Revelry, River’s Edge Gallery, two person invitational exhibition with artist Kelly Darke, Wyandotte, Michigan
  • 2008, Spring Fling and Silent Auction, group exhibition, Boston Nature Conservatory, Mattapan, Massachusetts
  • 2008, L’Art, juried group exhibition, Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2005, Silent Auction for Hon. John R. Perry Memorial Scholarship, group exhibition, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan
  • 2001, BFA Graduation Solo Show, solo exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 2001, The Lounge at Home Group Show, group exhibition, Private Residence, Brighton, Michigan
  • 2001, Manitou Island Group Show, group exhibition, Gallery II, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1999, International Workshops Group Show, group exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, Scotland

REVIEWS/ARTICLES

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Moderator for panel discussion, Beauty Debate, beauty in contemporary art, Boll Family YMCA (February 2012)
  • Author, If Artists are saving us, we’re F@#ked, The Huffington Post (January 2012) (Featured Post, Arts section)
  • Author, Top Ten Detroit Cultural Moments 2011, The Huffington Post (December 2011) (Featured Post, Detroit section)
  • Author, Empty Buildings No Longer Abandoned The Huffington Post (December 2011) (Featured Post, Arts section)
  • Author, Are Concepts Enough, theDetroiter.com (December 2011) •Author, Book Review: 313 Life in the Motor City, theDetroiter.com (December 2011)
  • Author, Valuable Lessons: The Re-Opening of Cranbrook Museum of Art, The Huffington Post (November 2011)(Featured Post)
  • Author and Interviewer, A New Yorker in Detroit, Hyperallergic (November 2011)
  • Author, Detroit: A Cultural Garden, The Huffington Post (November 2011)
  • Author, An Insider’s Guide to Detroit’s Contemporary Art Scene, Hyperallergic (November 2011)
  • Lecture, The Intersection Between my Legal Practice and my Art Practice, Michigan State University College of Law (October 2011)
  • Author, Letter from the Editor – Questions, theDetroiter.com (October 2011)
  • Interviewer, Detroit Ambassadors: Audi Martel, theDetroiter.com (October 2011) •Author, Letter from the Editor – The Artist’s Home, theDetroiter.com (October 2011)
  • Interviewer, New York Inspiration: Interview with Saul Montiel, theDetroiter.com (September 2011)
  • Co-Author with Robin Grearson, Conversations, theDetroiter.com (September 2011, October 2011)
  • Author, Review: Re:View’s brandished, theDetroiter.com (July 2011)
  • Author, Review: DAM Unmentionables, theDetroiter.com (July 2011)
  • Author, Barely There—MOCAD’s mission accomplished, theDetroiter.com (July 2011)
  • Author, Another DAM Good Show: Northern Lights at Detroit Artists Market, theDetroiter.com (May 2011)
  • Author, Ruin Porn or Artists’ Beacon—What is the 2010 Take Away for Detroit’s Art Scene? theDetroiter.com (January 2011)(Featured Post)
  • Author, Martha Friedman Delights at MOCAD, theDetroiter.com (December 2010)

APPOINTMENTS

  • Judge, Michigan PTA Reflections art contest, 2012
  • Mentor, Detroit Creative Corridor Center’s Creative Ventures, 2011—2014
  • Member, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s New Wave Board, 2011—2014

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