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David Derr
Dover, NJ
Mixed Media, Digital Art

Artwork Details
Deep Time
Mixed Media on Paper
30" x 37"

David Derr’s first recollection of an interest in art was at age six when an artist neighbor introduced him to the world of drawing.  Derr attended The Art Students League in the 1970's studying life drawing under Gregory D'Allesio and Gustav Rehburger and graphics with Michael Ponce DeLeon.  His passion for life drawing continued as a primary focus for nearly 10 years while he made a living as an artist's model and freelance commercial artist. In 2001, he won Second Place in the International Digital Mural Competition.

Currently, Derr heads his own design agency called D2 Studios Inc.  In the past he has been employed as an art and creative director for New Jersey advertising agencies and has achieved national recognition for his designs. Commercial success has never dimmed, but in fact has brought into sharper focus his love for fine arts and his expression of deep personal imagery. This is influenced by his interest in archaeology, primitive art, mythology, classical music, and dance.

Of his work he states, “Humanity is composed of many creative explorers. We have been this way since the beginnings of our existence as a race and before. This is the cornerstone of what it is to be a thinking human being. My images are my attempt to explore what it is to be one of those imaginative beings. The visual arts, music, dance, literature, myths, mysticism, spirituality and the sciences as well as everyday life all contribute in the creation of my images. I attempt to create paintings that not only reflect my thoughts but engage the viewer to look deeper into their own thoughts and find the depths to each piece that are not initially apparent. To me painting is not about technical expertise, but about creating a space where both the creator and the viewers’ creative thoughts are set free to explore unexpected paths.”

Derr has been included in exhibitions juried by Ivan Karp of the OK Harris Gallery, Holly Solomon of the Holly Solomon Gallery, and by curators from the Guggenheim and New Jersey State Museum.  He has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including the Deluxe Gallery in London, the JCC MetroWest in Whippany, NJ, Ocean County College in Toms River, and the Morris Museum.  His work also appears in corporate and private collections all over the United States.