“Kings and Queens” - work in progress

“Kings and Queens” - work in progress

Roger Derrick (b. 1981) is a fine artist operating out of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

While his illustrative aesthetic was honed during attendance at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Roger has concentrated much of his works around representational fine art and contemporary portraiture.  An early influence on his artistic process, Roger studied under the tutelage of renowned illustrator and portrait artist Marvin Mattelson, and has since drawn influence from a number of fine art professionals with specific attention to artistic integrity, craft and draftsmanship. Derrick was further privileged to receive a close mentorship after befriending the late artistic legend Geoffrey Holder, who broadened his understanding of the professional industry through the lens of a multi-disciplinary expert.

A self represented artist, Roger’s work has been juried into a roster of national exhibitions and acquired by private buyers. His most publicly noted portrait commissions include that of former New York Governor David A. Paterson and Superior Court Judge Vincent J. Grasso of Ocean County, New Jersey. In addition to his studio profession, Roger Derrick also mentors advanced placement high school artists and undergraduate teaching candidates in the concentration of visual arts.

Derrick’s portraiture has been described as possessing a distinct, yet timeless quality that captures subtle underlying narratives within accurate portrayals of unique individuals. The genuine spirit of his subject's live within the sensitive application of media, further revealing intimate glimpses into the very nature of being.