Derek Gores (USA)

International Artist

Derek Gores (USA)

International Artist

Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, and assorted found materials to create his collage works on canvas. The series showcases Gores’ contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the mechanically angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. Derek was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009, and was named ‘One of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement’ while in an exhibit in London in 2010.

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Born in New York 1971.

In his collage portraits, Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, data, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on canvas. The series showcases Gores’ contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. His fine art canvases are exhibited by galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sydney, Cologne, Miami, Santa Fe and more. Gores’ design clients include Dwell Magazine, Lincoln Motor Co., ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, Standard Collective, the National Football League, LiveNation, SEIU and more.

The Rhode Island School of Design grad lives and works in Melbourne, Florida, exhibiting and curating with the bold upstarts there, surrounded by the intellect and culture of the Space Coast. Derek was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009, and in 2010 he was named “One of the 40 important artists of the New Contemporary Movement”, while in an exhibition in London.

“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.’ ”

His subjects are simply figures and objects in a space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Rube Goldberg, Max Ernst, and, “those great old long-exposure photos of Abraham Lincoln, where you can feel the whole minute inside each image. I love that buzzing stillness. I do reference a classic beauty, but made of raw and geometric and un-designed parts. My real subject in the figurative women is the study of ‘Fierce’. Strength, honesty, vulnerability- admired with utmost respect. I’m not interested in heavy, conscious concepts- I make something simple and let the elements combine in the head, reacting with each history the viewer brings to the table. When it goes well, I hope to create a real experience, instead of just a picture of an experience. But that sounds a little too huge… really I’m always hoping for that feeling of having the senses of a kid, where everything is new.”

Education

1993 Bachelor in Fine Art Rhode Island School of Design

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2016 “Beauty in Chaos”, Cass Contemporary, Tampa, FL

2015 ‘BEAUTIFUL CHAOS’, Moen Mason Gallery, Tucson AZ, USA
2012 OCT ‘COLLAGE EUROPE!’, EGAD Art Lab, Melbourne, FL
2012 ‘COLLAGE COUTURE’, Baisden Gallery Tampa
2010 ‘TORN’ Baisden Gallery, Tampa
2010 ‘THIS IS THE SEA’ SLOW Gallery, Melbourne, FL
2010 ‘TORN’ Blank Space Gallery, Orlando
2009 ‘TORN’ 321 Agency, Melbourne, FL

Group Exhibitions

2017 “Juxtapozed”, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

2017 “Paint it Forward”, Cass Contemporary, Tampa, FL

2017 “Pow Wow Hawai’l”, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Honolulu, HI

2016 “Natural Causes”, Cass Contemporary, Tampa, FL

2016 “The Time Experience”, White Porch Gallery, Miami, FL

2016 Art Rebellion, London, UK Ongoing
2016 Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown, RI

2015 “True Colors”, Baisden Gallery, Tampa, FL
2015 ‘EYE CANDY’ Derek Gores Gallery, Florida USA
2015 ‘ICON-AU/FASHION WEEK LONDON’, Icon London, London, England
2015 LAX/LHR THINKSPACE in London, Stolen Space, London, England
2015 TUCSON FASHION WEEK, Moen Mason Gallery/The Block Party, Tuscon AZ, USA
2015 DEC Aqua Art Miami, Derek Gores Gallery in association with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine,
Miami FL
2014 SCOPE MIAMI, Thinkspace Gallery, Miami, FL USA
2014 AQUA ART MIAMI, Aqua Hotelm, Miami, FL USA
2013 May ‘GONZO’, TAG Galleries, Baltimore
2013 MAY ‘VANGUARD’, Thinkspace Gallery
2012 DEC SELECT FAIR at Art Basel Miami, Dec 2012
2012 AUG ‘WILD AT HEART’, Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles
2012 MAY ‘SYNERGY’, Thinkspace Gallery/Spoke Art San Francisco
2011 ‘ Torn and Tattered’, 3 person show, Thinkspace Gallery
2011 LAX/PDX at TOGETHER GALLERY, Portland, OR
2011 ‘TORN’, 2 person show, Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento
2011 ‘CHEMISTRY’, Egad! Art Lab, group show, Melbourne, FL
2010 LONDON MILES GALLERY, 40, London, England
2010 ‘LOVE CONQUERS ALL’, Thinkspace LA
2010 RE:FORM SCHOOL produced by REDU, group show, New York City
2010 THINKSPACE 5th ANNIVERSARY SHOW group show, Los Angeles
2010 ELLIOT FOUTS GALLERY group Invitational, Sacramento
2010 GALLERY PROVOCATEUR group show, Chicago
2010 ‘MANIFEST EQUALITY’ group show by Yosi Sergant and Apple Via, LA
2010 ‘ROBOT LOVE v 2.0’, Melbourne, FL
2009 ‘MEMENTO MORI’, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park
2009 ‘DEJA VU’ SLOW Gallery, Melbourne, FL
2009 “1” Group Exhibition, SLOW Gallery, Melbourne, FL
2009 MOTORCYCLE: ART ON THE ROAD TO GOOD AND EVIL, Deland Museum of Florida Art
2009 ‘ROBOT LOVE’, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL
2009 ‘MANIFEST HOPE: DC group show’, Irvine Contemporary, Washington DC, (Juried by Shepard Fairey, Spike Lee, et al.)
2008 ‘SUBLIME OF THE TIMES’, Melbourne, FL (Curator)
2008 ‘THE FINE LINE’, 321 Agency, Melbourne, FL
2007 ‘URBAN SUBVERSION’, Imago Gallery, Melbourne, FL

CLIENTS + COMMISSIONS

The Kentucky Derby, Dwell Magazine, Lincoln Automotive, Nokia, National Football League, Madonna, Lucasfilm, ESPN,
Pfizer, Ke$ha, Lenny Kravitz, Deadmau5, Beastie Boys, Van Halen, Kid Rock, Depeche Mode, Sony/LiveNation, and more.

 

 

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