Location - Memphis, TN
Daniel Tacker's latest collection of work encompasses the connections between the rural and urban, organic and high-tech, consumer and mass-market driven environments. Through various techniques utilizing graphic design, ink, pen, marker, aerosol and acrylic paint, Daniel's art explores the dichotomy of these worlds and how they correlate. Sometimes they are humorous, sometimes satirical, and sometimes stating the obvious. Daniel creates a new experience in art, bringing often-recognizable imagery to the viewer and placing it where it does not belong. Daniel began drawing and illustrating comic book characters at age 10. He received his first instant Polaroid camera later and developed a love of photography. Later at the University of Tennessee,he studied graphic design, watercolor, film, video, and photography. In 2002 Daniel graduated with a B.F.A in Media Arts. While there he won several awards as a student including the Faculty Award for his digital video work. After graduating, Daniel continued to work in photography and graphic design. It wasn't until 2006, that Daniel picked up a brush and a canvas and began to seriously explore the world of painting. In 2008 he began to combine all of his areas of discipline into his work. Daniel draws his inspiration from various street art, graffiti, and graphic design. He cites a wide variety of influences from Banksy and Motorboy, to Rick Griffin and Rodchenko, to Warhol and Pollock. Since 2006 his work has been displayed locally at various locations. A collection of paintings is continually displayed at South of Beale establishment on South Main. In 2007 his photography was published in "Capture Memphis", a book of Memphis photography. In 2009, he completed a custom painting of Allen Iverson that was published in Memphis Sport Magazine. As of 2011, Daniel continues to work and expand the limits of his repertoire.
Everyday our eyes are bombarded with images, consumerism, commercialism and materialism. We live in a world of immediate gratification, instant sensations, and mass marketing that permeates everyday life.
My art communicates this blend of images and abstract forms, products and commercials, mass marketing and iconic figures. I seek to create a cross-breed between analog and digital, high-tech and organic, commercialism and the natural world.
I often begin my pieces in the digital realm by utilizing my experience in graphic design, consumer graphics, and packaging technology. I then carry over my ideas into the natural world by means of canvas. My work is created using a combination of acrylic paint, aerosol paint, pen, marker, ink, latex, etc., often incorporating everyday images or objects that are recognizable to the viewer. I then manipulate and transform the piece into something unique, yet recognizable and enjoyable by the viewer whether consciously or subconsciously. The piece takes on a life of its own-something that lives and breathes.
- Faculty Award in Advanced Video.
- Honorable Mention at Valleyfest, annual independent Film Festival in Knoxville, TN.
- Films accepted in Indie Memphis Festival in 2002, 2003.
- MGAL Art Exhibition (2006) at Memphis Botanic Gardens.
- MGAL Art Exhibition (2007) at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects.
- Solo Show, A City House Salon, June 2007.
- MGAL Art Exhibition (2008) at GPAC.
- Ongoing Exhibition at Bluefin restaurant, Memphis, TN.
- Cooper/Young Festival, September 2008.
- Group Show, St. Agnes-St. Dominic School, October 2008.
- Photograph "7 am" published in book "Capture Memphis", November 2008.
- Solo Show, Concept Gallery, June 2009.
- Cooper/Young Festival, September 2009.
- Group Show, St. Agnes-St. Dominic School, October 2009
- "Allen Iverson" inside piece for Memphis Sport Magazine, November 2009
- Playhouse on the Square, Art Auction, April 2010
- "Memphis Scene" exhibit, group show, Brooks Museum, June-Aug. 2010
- Summer Exhibit, Lisa Kurts Gallery, July - September 2010
- Solo Show, Eclectic Eye, August 2010.
- Munch and Learn, Artist Lecture, Dixon Gallery - August 2011
- Cooper/Young Festival, September 2011
- Solo Show, Dixon Gallery, July - October 2011
- Memphis Flyer, newstand box art competition, February - April 2012
- Unveil Downtown, group exhibit, May - June 2012
- Cooper/Young Festival, September 2012