Roger Derrick

MONTSERRAT GALLERY | INSPIRED VIEWS: GROUP EXHIBITION


Monserrat Gallery: Beverly, Massachusetts

Monserrat Gallery: Beverly, Massachusetts

It was a privilege to meet Juror, Ethan Berry, also Senior Seminar Coordinator and Professor of Fine Arts at Montserrat College of Art.  I was honored to be acknowledged in his statement during the reception event and further selected for a Jurors Prize among an impressive roster of studio art professionals.

Entitled "At Attention," this work conveys a sense of emergence, and was completed in connection with a more comprehensive portrait in oil. The softer modeling within the anatomy contrasts a firmer demeanor, as the subject asserts herself within an atmospheric space. Portrayed in a classical composition, her natural posture couples the literal military elements while complimenting the absolute strengths of women in the arts.

- R. Derrick

HALL OF GOVERNORS, ALBANY NY | GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON: PORTRAIT COMMISSION


R. Derrick: New York State Capital Building

Working on site at the New York State Capital building in Albany, Derrick inspects the previously applied varnish for the unveiling ceremony.  A final varnish layer was added to Governor David Paterson's portrait, as the painting now hangs on permanent display within the Hall of Governors.

CARNEGIE HALL | NEW YORK CITY


center: Geoffrey Holder | right to left: Roger Derrick, Franklin West and Edmund Derrick

Honorary guest Geoffrey Holder, accompanied to the Black Stars of the Great White Way, Broadway Reunion held at Carnegie Hall on June 23.  This one night celebration paid homage to the history of African American work on broadway, honoring industry pioneers through an evening of memorable performances.  

Derrick is currently woking a posthumous portrait of his dear friend and mentor Geoffrey.

HALL OF GOVERNORS, NY | GOVERNOR DAVID A. PATERSON: PORTRAIT UNVEILING CEREMONY


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The 55th Governor of New York State has a permanence in the New York State Capital building, hanging in the Hall of Governors chronological timeline.  Portrait artist, Roger Derrick was truly honored to have been selected and worked closely with former Governor David Paterson.  Collectively, subject and artist brought a shared vision to life in the continuing tradition of portraying New York State Officials. Derrick also had the privilege of meeting New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who acknowledged his painting in the opening address at the unveiling ceremony on March 2, 2014.

"The intention of Governor Paterson's portrait goes beyond the mere likeness of this distinctly unique man, as we considered a range of possibilities from the onset.  The inclusion of a conceptual undertone further added to an otherwise traditional narrative."

"Alongside his predecessors, Mr. Paterson's portrait accompanies these fellow governors within the traditional fashion suited for the Hall's motif.  As his inclusion into the Hall's chronological timeline was well anticipated, the portrait further invites the viewer to witness Governor Paterson as both the man and the messenger.  More than a privilege, it was an honorable experience to work with such an individual."

"Amidst the symbolism, the painting also depicts an adjacent cane topped with the head of an american eagle.  Aside from the direct connection to Governors Paterson's personal message, the keen vision of our national bird is emblematic of this man's consciousness."

- R. Derrick

New York Times Article


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