Born in New York 1971

BFA RISD 1993

In his popular collage portraits, Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, and assorted found analog and digital materials to create the works on canvas. The series showcases Gores’ contrasting interests in the living beauty of the figure, the mechanically angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. Also a successful designer and illustrator for 15 years, clients include ESPN, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, 321 Agency, the National Football League, LiveNation, SEIU, Love Haight Apparel, Draftfcb and JCPenney.

The Rhode Island School of Design grad lives and works in Melbourne, Florida, exhibiting and curating with the bold upstarts there, surrounded by the intellect and culture of the Space Coast. Recent adventures have taken his work to Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Sacramento. Derek was honored to have his work selected for the Manifest Hope DC exhibit coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration in 2009.

“I like my pictures to barely come together with teasing little details. Sort of like how the mind can’t help but wander, even when trying to focus on one thing. In the collages, some of the little bits I use are deliberate, but in most I’m trusting randomness to help build an end result more interesting than I could have planned. One friend calls it a ‘Zen Narrative.’ “

His subjects are simply figures and objects in a space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Rube Goldberg, Max Ernst, and, “those great old long-exposure photos of Abraham Lincoln where you can feel the whole minute inside each image. I love that buzzing stillness. I do reference a classic beauty, but made of raw and geometric and un-designed parts, so I feel it’s a contemporary beauty too. I’m not interested in heavy, conscious concepts- I make something simple and let the elements combine in the head, reacting with each history the viewer brings to the table. When it goes well, I hope to create a real experience, instead of just a picture of an experience. But that sounds a little too huge… really I’m searching for that feeling of having the eyes of a kid, where everything is new.”

Gores just wishes he had a cooler name than ‘collage’ for his medium. “I’m thinking of calling myself the ‘Scrapbook King of the Southeast’. What do you think? (Sausage King of Chicago was already taken)”

DESIGN INSPIRATION interview w/ Derek Gores: http://designinspiration.blogspot.com/2009/09/derek-gores.html

TIMELAPSE video by Jason Boone: http://vimeo.com/7385263

Artist Website: http://www.derekgores.com

Current and Previous Works by Derek Gores

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  • “And She Knows It Fiercely”

    (2012)
    $2,200
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    Hummingbird
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • with Born Free USA Co-curated by Amanda Erlanson and Andrew Hosner
  • “Auto Pilot”

    (2017)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Pow Wow Hawai’I 2017 – (Taking place at Honolulu Museum of Art School)
  • “But I Followed You To The Sun”

    (2016)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Shows:

    • LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
    • Small Works Holiday Group Show (Project Room)
  • “But If I Could, I’d Say The Same”

    (2013)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Group Show (Main)
  • “Could Do Anything”

    (2012)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Synergy
  • “Depth Perfection”

    (2014)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    Currently on loan to TuneIn
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Shows:

    • Curated exhibit @ the Honolulu Museum of Art School
    • SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2014
  • “Echo As Directed”

    (2016)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Nexus – taking place at The Brand Library & Art Center
  • “Echo Liberation”

    (2014)
    $2,200
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    20" × 24"
    51 × 61 cm
  • “Echo Uno”

    (2013)
    $750
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2013 / BOOTH E15
  • “Ever More”

    (2011)
    $5,900
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    Four separate canvases (as one)
    48" × 48"
    122 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Torn And Tattered
  • “Fierce Majeure”

    (2016)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Shows:

    • The New Vanguard – Taking place at The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH)
    • Small Works Holiday Group Show (Project Room)
  • “Full Volume”

    (2014)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Full Volume Berlin”

    (2014)
    $1,700
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    16" × 16"
    41 × 41 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / TXL – Curated pop-up show presented by Urban Nation
  • “Full Volume Bond Street”

    (2013)
    $2,400
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Group Show (Main)
  • “Full Volume Klimt”

    (2013)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Group Show (Main)
  • “Full Volume Klimt II”

    (2013)
    $2,400
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    Currently on loan to TuneIn
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / PHL
  • “Full Volume Klimt IV”

    (2014)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Full Volume Miami”

    (2014)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Full Volume NYC Blue”

    (2014)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Hellfuckyes”

    (2011)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Torn And Tattered
  • “Infinite Universe”

    (2016)
    $1,800
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

    Shows:

    • Entry Point: Exploring The New Contemporary Movement – Fullerton Museum Center
    • POW! WOW! Hawai’i – Honolulu Museum Art School
  • “It’s Not Dark Yet, But It’s Getting There”

    (2010)
    $1,600
    Sold
    Collage on canvas (framed)
    18" × 18"
    46 × 46 cm

    Show:

    • Adam Caldwell, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, David MacDowell, Derek Gores, Linnea Strid, Jacub Gagnon, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff Ramirez, Liz Brizzi, Pakayla Rae Biehn, and Stella Im Hultberg
  • “Learning To Fly”

    (2016)
    $750
    Sold
    Collage on wood panel
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Scope Miami 2016
  • “Liberate & Fascinate”

    (2011)
    $5,900
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    Four separate canvases (as one)
    48" × 48"
    122 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Torn And Tattered
  • “Love Affair With A Dream”

    (2010)
    $550
    Sold
    Collage on canvas (framed)
    8" × 10"
    20 × 25 cm

    Show:

    • Adam Caldwell, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, David MacDowell, Derek Gores, Linnea Strid, Jacub Gagnon, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff Ramirez, Liz Brizzi, Pakayla Rae Biehn, and Stella Im Hultberg
  • “Memento Mori”

    (2010)
    $2,600
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • 20% proceeds to benefit Equality California
  • “Miss V”

    (2010)
    $4,700
    Sold
    Collage on canvas (four separate 20x20 canvases)
    40" × 40"
    102 × 102 cm

    Show:

    • with featured artist Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez
  • “Musical Interlude”

    (2013)
    $2,400
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    Currently on loan to TuneIn
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Group Show (Main)
  • “Mystery Rewarded”

    (2011)
    $3,300
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    30" × 30"
    76 × 76 cm

    Show:

    • Torn And Tattered
  • “Nifty Gifty”

    (2014)
    $2,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Order Genus Species”

    (2014)
    $500
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    6" × 6"
    15 × 15 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Purple and Red and Yellow and On Fire”

    (2015)
    $600
    Available
    Collage on wood panel
    10" × 10"
    25 × 25 cm

    Shows:

    • Small Works Holiday Group Show (Project Room)
    • ‘La Familia’ – Thinkspace 10th Anniversary Show
  • “Riot Girl”

    (2015)
    $2,400
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 24"
    61 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • Scope Miami Beach 2015
  • “Straight To Your Heart”

    (2015)
    $850
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / LHR – co-curated show with Stolen Space in London, England
  • “The New Math”

    (2016)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Small Works Holiday Group Show (Project Room)
  • “The World Rumbled”

    (2016)
    $750
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • “Titanium Skin”

    (2010)
    $3,900
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    24" × 48"
    61 × 122 cm

    Shows:

    • Torn And Tattered
    • Beyond Eden Art Fair
  • “Too Busy Fascinating”

    (2010)
    $5,900
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    Four separate canvases (as one)
    48" × 48"
    122 × 122 cm

    Show:

    • Torn And Tattered
  • “Twin Shadow Midnight”

    (2014)
    $4,400
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    36" × 36"
    91 × 91 cm

    Show:

    • AQUA 2014
  • “Ultra Violet”

    (2015)
    $750
    Sold
    Collage on canvas 12x12 $750
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • Scope Miami Beach 2015
  • “Voices Carry”

    (2016)
    $750
    Sold
    Collage on canvas
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / ORD – curated show at Vertical Gallery (Chicago, IL)
  • “Voodoo Victory”

    (2015)
    $1,800
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    16" × 20"
    41 × 51 cm

    Shows:

    • Beyond Eden
    • LAX / DTW – Curated show at Inner State Gallery (Detroit, MI)
  • “Yesplease”

    (2013)
    $750
    Available
    Collage on canvas
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only though)
    12" × 12"
    30 × 30 cm

    Show:

    • LA Art Show 2014 – Littletopia
  • “You Turn My Blood Into Gasoline”

    (2010)
    $550
    Sold
    Collage on canvas (framed)
    8" × 10"
    20 × 25 cm

    Show:

    • Adam Caldwell, Craig ‘Skibs’ Barker, David MacDowell, Derek Gores, Linnea Strid, Jacub Gagnon, Jennifer Nehrbass, Jeff Ramirez, Liz Brizzi, Pakayla Rae Biehn, and Stella Im Hultberg