Darryl W. Funk is a Canadian artist working out of Chilliwack, BC. He studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in printmaking. He also studied computer graphic illustration at the Centre for Arts and Technology, Okanagan, in Kelowna, BC.
As a printmaker, Darryl’s style is closely related to his childhood influences by book and comic illustration. Subjects for his lino-cuts vary greatly and can range from nature studies to science fiction.
As a painter, Darryl draws inspiration from the art of the 1930s and 40s, specifically that of Canadian painters, Lawren Harris, and Emily Carr. The focus of his work has been the rugged landscape that surrounds him. This, however, doesn’t stop him from being influenced by the industrial work of the Futurists or the distorted emotion of the Expressionists.
“As an artist, I don’t want to be tied to one particular genre, such as landscape or nature. The World is a fascinating place! If something inspires me to the point of picking up my brush, then so be it. We can’t grow if we refuse to change.” – Funk
From 2007-2018, Darryl was an illustrator for a national children’s magazine, “Zamoof” (later re-titled, “Bazoof”). In 2011, he illustrated the “Children’s Xplorer’s Guide” for Jasper National Park. Since 2014, Darryl has been an Ambassador for Royal Talens, traveling Western Canada giving demonstrations and workshops in Cobra solvent-free oil and Van Gogh watercolor. He also teaches at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre providing instruction for adults in block printing and comic book illustration for children.