The past decade has seen an amazing blossoming of Darryll Schiff’s work, so evident in his recent Evanescence series and his newest Descending to Heaven, just finished, project. They are metaphors for the impermanent, ephemeral quality of our lives, the constant flow and frenzy of contemporary times, illusions, and of perception versus reality.
The artist/photographer’s immersion into the world of fine art began when he was just 8 years old, taking Saturday classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, where his mother and sister, both accomplished artists, graduated from. His formal photography education was at the Institute of Design, studying under Arthur Siegel, Joseph Jachna, Gary Winnogrand, and Aaron Siskind. The curriculum consisted of Bauhaus teaching, classical photography, but also a strong encouragement to experiment. He was one of only three undergraduates represented in the famed Student Independent Portfolio.
After the Institute of Design and continuing to work on his fine art, Darryll also pursued a successful commercial photography career, including shooting assignments for Los Angeles Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Rolling Stone, Women’s Wear Daily, Stern, Geo, Beverly Hills Magazine, Pepsi, Capitol Records, and Charles Jourdan. His list of celebrity clients includes Tea Leoni, Lisa Marie Presley, Mark Harmon, Chazz Palminteri, Jason Patric, Jasmine Guy, Robin Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Regina King, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Approximately 10 years ago Darryll decided to focus solely on his fine art. Mr. Schiff’s art appears in many noteworthy institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, George Eastman House, Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, Museum of Contemporary Photography, and in many private collections.