Image of Artist in a Box by DeMarcus Purham, photo by Jamie Gannon, OoS2021,Marquette Park

Saturday August 7, @2pm North Park Nature Village Center
Saturday August 14, @2pm – 4pm Marquette Park
Saturday August 21, @2pm Jackson Park
Saturday August 28, @2pm Garfield Park

LOCATION: On Saturday August 28 DeMarcus will be located close to the Golden Dome Field House in Garfield Park. Please wear a mask while participating in performances and please carry water this weekend!


About DeMarcus Purham
Born and raised in Chicago, IL. DeMarcus Purham, now 34, is a self-taught artist who creates detailed cityscape art with various mediums on multidimensional surfaces.
He has developed numerous techniques using Acrylic paint markers, plexiglass, Prismacolor pencils, and various aluminum materials. Purham’s creative message is to transcend architectural-style drawing into a new form of art.

At age two, Purham began his journey as an artist. He would often observe his older brother create detailed characters. Observing his brother inspired Purham to pursue art. Purham went on to develop similar skills throughout his teen years. From 2001 to 2004, Purham participated in Gallery 37 Center for the Arts apprenticeship program. The program helped Purham find his creative niche: creating detailed buildings with white color pencils on a black background. The apprenticeship program was established in Chicago by Maggie Daley and Lois Weisberg to support inner city teen artists.

Pursuing his studies with the same passion, Purham graduated from Leo Catholic High School in 2005 with honors. Most importantly, he attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design for one year in New York City. Purham returned to Chicago in 2006 and pursued his art career. He has showcased various works at prestigious events, such as The Artist Project (Toronto), One of a Kind Show (Chicago), Out of Site (Chicago), and Art in Odd Places (Indianapolis). Along with creating detailed skyline artwork for the John Hancock Center (Chicago) executive leasing office and 15 x 50 foot mural for The James Hotel (Chicago), now closed permanently.

Since the Covid 19 outbreak, Purham has used his home studio as an incubator to continue producing artwork. Currently, Purham is focused on his two public art performances called “Artist in a Box” and “Inversion Artist”. Established in 2013 by Purham, “Artist in a Box” showcases him creating detailed buildings inside a 3 x 4 foot box on each panel. While “Inversion Artist”, created in 2015, displays Purham upside down painting detailed buildings on plexiglass with Acrylic paint markers. Both performances highlight his artistic passion, endurance, and creativity.