The following information was compiled and submitted by Donnell Walker, who has known Mr. Mackie since he was a little boy in art school. Though Mackie wasn't well since 1990, he was producing work up until his passing on August 5, 2007.
Artist Deryl Daniel Mackie: born - July 1, 1949 in Harlem, NY. Lived and died (August 5, 2007) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Deryl Mackie's work has been described as stylized portraiture.
His "personae," as he likes to call them, are
musicians, chefs, laborers, dancers and members of the demimonde, caught
in graceful and revealing moments, mid-motin. the move, they dance, the
pose, perform-and react. An important body of work, The Jealousy
Series, deals with this emotion's many manifestations. They are
archetypes, universal and expressive-images that please, tease and
Group exhibitions: Lagos (Nigeria), University of Pennsylvania, Soho (NY)
Solo exhibitions: Westchester State College (PA), Philadelphia, Pa.
The International Review of African American Art - Volume 16 number 4 "Art on the Edge of the Century"
Fabric Designer, Ercoli Design, Inc.; Philadelphia, PA; 1990-1995
Instructor, Prints In Progress; Philadlphia,PA; 1986-1990
Curator of Fine Arts,Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum; Philadelphia, PA;1980-1986
Art Consultant, Diane Dunning Associates; Philadelphia,PA; 1980
Assistant Director, A.H. Wood Galleries; Philadelphia,PA; 1978-1980
Assistant Director, Makler Gallery, Inc.; Philadelphia,PA;1976-1978
Instructure of Drawing, Philadelphia College of Art; Philadelphia,PA;1974-1975
Education and Training:
Smithsonian Institution; Collections Management(workshop);Washington, D.C.;1983
Fabric Workshop; Philadelphia, PA; 1983
Brandywine Graphic Workshop; Philadelphia, PA; 1982
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Philadelphia, PA; 1969-1973
The Barnes Foundation; Merion, PA; 1971-1973
Sara Lawrence College(summer session); Valucluse, Lacoste, France; 1973
Tyler School of Fine Arts, Temple University; Rome, Italy; 1968
The Eleanor S. Grey Award for Achievement for Still Life; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cresson European Travel Fellowship; The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Fellowship in Arts Management Enterprises; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Mr. Mackie's painting, Auntie, can be seen in Spike Lee's movie, She's Gotta Have It. In 1989, filmmaker Brent Hill selected Mr. Mackie to be one of five central characters in his documentary, Dancing on Pearls. Mr. Mackie has also designed promotinal materials for the Boys Choir of Harlem. Noted writer and editor Joseph Beam selected Mr. Mackie to design the cover for his book, In the Life. In Cooperstown, NY, the Baseball Hall of Fame exhibits Mr. Mackie's portrait of Negro Baseball pitcher Smokey Joe Williams.