In Tune: Ayana in profile is currently on display at Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs, New York. This group exhibition showcases a national roster of artists with varied specialties. This impressive small works installation will remain on display until January 2018.
The Golden Scandal is currently featured in The Monmouth Museum's Juried Watercolor Exhibition, Traditional to Modern.
Duplicity cloaked in eroticism, a well-executed plan in high stakes operations. Alluring in her every movement, reptilian markings camouflage a prominent stiletto designed to directly penetrate.
- R. Derrick
Using a combination of self-directed photography, life observation and archived source materials, The Golden Scandal was intended to personify fashionable accessory beyond narrative still life. After a series of successful color studies were executed, the desired proportions were drawn freehand onto a final piece of hot pressed watercolor paper. Delicate graphite contours were refined to set the framework for a multi-layering technique of gouache, ink and aquarelle pencil.
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
Translating his illustrative subject matter into a larger format works on linen, Derrick develops an underpainting for his newest still life entitled, The Love Affair.
Delving into the concept of fashionable accessory as narrative still life, this painting is intended to reflect the provocative nature of mankind through an alluring exchange of eroticism between inanimate objects. The interplay between my objects suggests far more than a balance in dominance, as the delicate struggle for control is interwoven within subject matter emblematic of the sexes.
- R. Derrick
Selected into The Portrait Society of Atlanta's Fall Juried Exhibition, Derrick's charcoal drawing entitled Blue Alabaster will be on exhibit at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art this fall season.
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.