In his collage portraits, Derek Gores recycles magazines, labels, data, 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 angular and abstract design aesthetics of fashion, and a fearless sense of play. His subjects are simply figures and objects in a space, influenced by heroes Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Rube Goldberg and Max Ernst.
"I love that buzzing stillness of the old long-exposure photos of Abraham Lincoln where a whole minute can be felt inside each image. I do reference a classic beauty, but made of raw and geometric and un-designed parts. My real subject in the figurative women is the study of 'Fierce'. Strength, honesty, vulnerability- admired with utmost respect. 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.
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'."
Derek Gores fine art canvases are exhibited by galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sydney, Cologne, Miami, Santa Fe and more. Some of his clients include Dwell Magazine, Lenny Kravitz, Lucasfilm, Kings of Leon, U2, Adidas, Madonna, Harley Davidson, the National Football League and Live Nation amongst others.