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David DerrBiography: New Jersey artist David Derr 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 Gutav 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 artists model and freelance commercial artist. Currently Derr heads up his own design agency, D2 Studios Inc., in the past he has been employed as Art and Creative Director’s for New Jersey advertising agencies and has achieved national recognition for his designs. Commercial success has never dimmed, 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 archeology, primitive art, mythology, classical music, and dance. “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.” Mr. Derr's works are created in Oil, Mixed Media and Digital forms Country: USA Birthyear: 1954 Galleries: Fertile Ground, JCC MetroWest, December - February, 2002-2003, Whippany, NJ Ocean County College, November, 2002, Toms River, NJ The Art of Collecting Fine Art, April 2002, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ About Vision, Digital Art Exhibition, April 2002, Gallery 14, London, England Pace University, April - May 2002, NY, NY Garnerville Art Expo, June 2002, Garnerville, NY Berlex Laboratories Corporate Center, September - December 2001, Wayne & Montville, NJ Childrens’ Specialized Hospital, April 2001, Westfield, NJ 3rd National Juried Exhibition, March - April 2001, Studio 4 West, Piermont, NY Once in a Blue Moon, January - March 2001, Studio 4 West, Piermont, NY Drue-Crist Gallery, Nov. 2000, Sparta, NJ Schering-Plough Corporate Center, Sept. 2000, Schering-Plough, Madison, NJ Fertile Ground, May - July 2000, Studio 4 West, Piermont, NY Penumbra at Tristan, May - June 2000, NY, NY 25th Anniversary Exhibition, May-June 2000, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Nabisco Corporate Center, March 2000, E. Hanover, NJ Art & Machinery, Jaguar, February 2000, Mahwah, NJ The Figure: Truthful-Vulnerable-Erotic, February 2000, Studio 4 West, Piermont, NY The Gift of Creation, A Millennium Exhibition, December 1999, Franklin Lakes, NJ SK Gallery, May 1999 - Present, Venice, CA Artexpo ’99, Jacob Javitz Center, NY,NY Invitational, March 99 - July 99, Manhattan Transfer Inc., NY, NY Mixed Medea, Summer 1998,City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Pliedes Gallery 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, Summer 1998, NY, NY Juror: Ivan Karp, OK Harris Gallery 93 South Gallery, Summer 1998, Nyack, NY Ciao Gallery, Summer 1998, City Island, NY, NY Space 4 Gallery, 1998, Chelsea, NY, NY NJ Center For The Visual Arts, 1998, Summit, NJ ArtVue On-Line, 1997-1998, Various on-line exhibitions at: www.artvue.com Painting Still Happens, 1997, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennott Cathedral Arts Center Annual Exhibition, March 1997, Cathedral Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ GPU Nuclear Exhibition, 1997, General Public Utilities/Nuclear, Parsippany, NJ Remedy for Chaos, 1996, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ Penumbra at Lever House, 1996, Lever House, NY, NY GPU Exhibition, 1996, General Public Utilities, Parsippany, NJ Relationships, 1996, Art Center of Northern New Jersey, New Milford, NJ, Jurors: Suzanne Gyorgy, Curator of the Morris Museum; Marjorie Nathanson, Executive Director Hunterdon Art Center Myths, Metaphors,1996, Presbyterian Church, Franklin Lakes, NJ Cathedral Arts Center Annual Exhibition, 1996, Cathedral Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ Penumbra at the Williams Center, 1996, Rutherford, NJ NY Theological Seminary, 2 Person Show, 1995, NY, NY Joy: A Celebration, 1995, Watchung Art Center, Watchung, NJ Center for Food Action Benefit, 1995, Presbyterian Church, Franklin Lakes, NJ Cathedral Arts Center Annual Exhibition, 1995, Cathedral Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ Americana, 1995, Cathedral Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ Olympia, 1995, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ Haworth Library, 1994, Haworth, NJ Mysteries and Memories, 1994, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennott 4 Artist, Invitational Exhibition, 1994, Ringwood Manor Arts Association, Ringwood, NJ Solo Exhibition, July, 1993, Summerfun Theater/Montclair Kimberly School, Montclair, NJ Pandora’s Box, 3 Person Exhibition, June 1994, Williams Center For The Arts, Rutherford, NJ The Human Touch, May 1994, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ Angels, Cathedral Arts Center Annual Exhibition, Love & Chaos, 1994, Cathedral Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ Wilson Gallery Invitational Exhibition, 1994, Mountain Lakes, NJ National Small Works Show, 1994, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ Juror: Stephen Sennott, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Expressions, 1994, Wayne YWHA, Wayne, NJ Still Life, 1994, Franklin Lakes Presbyterian Church, Franklin Lakes, NJ Great Art Comes In Small Packages, Summer In The City, Focus 93, Downtown, 1993, Cathedral Arts Gallery, Jersey City, NJ Solo Exhibition, 1993, Union Camp Corporate Headquarters, Wayne, NJ A Need To Respond, 1993, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ Jurors: Karen Patterson - Lecturer, Stephen Sennott, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ 44 Annual Art of the Northeast USA, 1993, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan CT Juror: Holly Solomon, Solomon Gallery, NY, NY National Small Works Show, 1993, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ Juror: Judith Brodsky, Dir. of Center for Innovative Printmaking, Prof, Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University Northeast Art Festival, 1993, Caldwell College, Judges: George Bolge, Director Newark Museum, Dorothy Gillespie, George Miller- Dir. NJ Center for the Visual Arts Ringwood Manor Annual Members Exhibition, 1993, Ringwood Manor, NJ Wilson Gallery Exhibition, 1993, Mountain Lakes, NJ Maximum Impact, 1993 Nabisco Corporate Headquarters, East Hanover, NJ Juror: Gary Fangter, Curator, Jersey City Art Museum Abstraction, 1993, L'Atelier, Inc, Piermont, NY- Curator: Audrey Leeds, L'Atelier Inc. The Art of Assemblage and Collage, Past and Present, 1993, Williams Center, Rutherford, NJ Curator: Janet Taylor Pickett Janus: God of the Doorway, 1993, Williams Center for the Arts, Rutherford, NJ Juror: Stephen Sennott, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark NJ Double Visions, Collaborative Art, 1992, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ Juror: Janet Taylor Pickett Far Hills Art Festival, 1992, Far Hills, NJ 17th Annual New Members Exhibition, 1992, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ Curator: Stephen Sennott, City Without Walls Gallery National Juried Small Works Show, 1992, Montclair, NJ Juror: Vivien Raynor, Art Critic, NY Times Summerfest, 1992, 1993, The Art Center of Northern NJ, New Milford, NJ Spectrum, 1992, Lever House Gallery, NY, NY Jurors: Joan Snyder and Mary Hambleton Westwood Art in the Park, 1992, Westwood, NJ LaFemme, 1992, Williams Center for the Arts, Rutherford, NJ Nancy Chusit, Cooper Union grant recipient National Small Works Show, 1992, Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ Juror: Stuart Shedletsky, Parsons School of Design Umbrellas, 1992, John Taner Gallery, Westwood, NJ Curator: John Taner Medium Rare, 1992, Old Church Cultural Center, NJ Juror: Stephen Sennott, City Without Walls Gallery Summer, A Vacation State of Mind, The Art Center of Northern, NJ, 1991, New Milford, NJ Bergen Museum of Arts & Sciences Art Fair, 1991, Paramus, NJ Millburn Short Hills Art Festival, 1991, 1992, Millburn, NJ Salute To Women In The Arts, 1991, Paterson Museum, Paterson, NJ Juror: Jim Ruban, WPC, Rachel Friedburg, EWC Salute Small Works Exhibition, 1990, Juried Exhibition, Franklin Lakes, NJ National Small Works, 1990, Schoharie, NY Juror: Susan Hirschfeld, Curator, Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY Arts Council of the Essex Area, 1990, Roseland, NJ Jurors: Zoltan Buki, Curator, NJ State Museum; Daniela Montana, Arch Gallery, NY NY Community Arts Association Tri-State Open 1990, 1990, Ridgewood, NJ Ringwood Manor Arts Association Tri-State Open, 1989, 1993, Ringwood, NJ Hunterdon County Arts Association, Juried Exhibition, 1985, Clinton, NJ Awards: International Digital Mural Competition, 2001, 2nd place Northeast Art Festival, 1993, Winners Circle, Mixed Media Janus: God of the Doorway, 1993, Awarded 3 person show at Williams Center for the Arts in June 1994. Double Visions Collaborative, 1992, Best in Show, 2nd Place, (2) Certificate of Merit St. Mary's Autumn Art Festival, 1992, 2nd place, Mixed Media NY Art Directors' Club, 1991, Honorable Mention CTAM, Finalist (1 of 3) Old Church Cultural Center "Medium Rare, 1991, Certificate for Excellence Ringwood Manor Arts Association, 1st graphics Jasper Awards, creative design, 1st place & 2 honorable mentions Creative Challenge, 2nd place Printing Industries of America, Certificate of Merit St. Mary's Autumn Art Festival, 1990, Honorable Mention Salute Small Works Exhibition, 1991, Certificate of Merit Association of Graphic Arts, Merit Gold Book Award, cover design Media: computer or digital art Style: symbolic Subjects: other, Personal Mythologies
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