Derek Gores – Pretty Hardcore 4

A striking image of a lady looking confident in a relaxed pose, collage portrait created on canvas using recycled magazines.

Derek Gores

Artist Derek Gores is well known for his collage portraits that are created on canvas using recycled magazines, labels, data and assorted found analog materials. Derek’s series of artwork showcases contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Derek is now based in Florida, USA and has been fortunate enough to have his fine art canvases exhibited by galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sydney, Cologne, Miami and more. He has also worked on commissions for corporations and individual including high profile celebrities.

Derek’s subjects are primarily figures, objects in space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Franz Kline and Max Ernst amongst others. He also references classic beauty, giving his own touch and made with raw, geometric, un-designed parts. His real subject in the figurative woman is the study of ‘Fierce’. Strength, honesty, vulnerability – admired with utmost respect. Derek loves to create something simple allowing elements to combine in the head, reacting with each history the viewer brings to the table. The hope is that when all goes well, a real experience is created instead of just a picture of an experience.

“I like my pictures to barely come together with teasing little details. Sort of like how the mind can’t help but wander, even when trying to focus on one thing. In the collages, some of the little bits I use are deliberate, but in most I’m trusting randomness to help build an end result more interesting than I could have planned. One friend calls it a ‘Zen Narrative’”.

In 2009 Derek was honoured to have is work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration and in 2010 he was named “One of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement”, while in an exhibition in London.

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