A true gem in the heart of Wisconsin's Fox Valley, The Jack Richeson Gallery is holding the Richeson75 International, currently exhibiting an impressive collection of works by a roster of contemporary realists working in both figure and portrait. It was a pleasure to be included with this years finalists and converse with the participating artists, wonderful staff and owners during the reception event. The show will remain open to the public until December 9, 2017.
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
The Monmouth Museum exhibits a diverse collection of small works in their Members Miniature: Big Art in Small Packages, opening. All works will be on display in the Nilson Gallery until March 12, 2017.
A miniature portrait with a grand persona, “Center Stage” spotlights the authentic talent and confidence of natural performers. Poised and direct, the subject engages her audience with little more than a gaze, as she emerges through the overhead lighting to reveal her presence. Using a combination of self directed photography and observational sketches, this portrait was directly executed onto a toned sketch book page. A soft application of graphite powder provided the base structure and underdrawing for the built up of carbon and graphite pencils. Selected areas were further heightened with white charcoal.
- R. Derrick
The Monmouth Museum showcased a roster of both national and international artists, as they selected a diverse array of works for their 2015 Juried Portrait Exhibition. The main gallery hosted a truly eventful evening, as the opening reception featured a wonderful collection of mixed media fine art works, paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. Derrick's drawing entitled The Inner Child, features an exquisite model rendered in charcoal and poised in innocence.
This group exhibition will remain on display until November 20, 2015.
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.