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Terry Urban

Terry Urban is an artist born in the blue-collar city of Cleveland, Ohio, located in the Midwest of the United States. This “underdog” town, known for its resilience and hardworking spirit, greatly influenced his art, which often reflects themes of determination, perseverance, and struggle.


Growing up in a family of Irish American heritage and under the guidance of his Cherokee stepfather, Terry developed a deep-rooted appreciation for the underdog, which serves as a central theme in much of his work. His paintings capture the human condition, often depicting dark imagery that reveals the complexities of the human psyche.


Through his artistic expression, Terry continues to showcase his unwavering spirit and profound connection to his roots. His artwork stands as a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit and serves as an inspiration to many. Terry Urban specializes in creating striking compositions on both canvas and wood, skillfully combining vibrant colours with evocative imagery that often delves into themes of mortality.


Despite the prevalence of such motifs throughout his work, the true impetus behind his captivation with death remains a mystery, even to himself. It could be rooted in a profound anxiety about the inevitability of death, or perhaps it’s driven by a curiosity to better understand the enigmatic realm of the afterlife.

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