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Derek Des Islets
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights

ARTIST STATEMENT: Derek Des Islets makes paintings imbued with imperfections though perfection to him exists in imperfection. A misshapen line becomes the path of photons interacting with a field of gravity. Large swaths of color reveal hidden emotions and past experiences beneath. Life is never one color or shade but layers of them thrown upon one another haphazardly as we attempt to make order from them. Sometimes letting go, just intuitively placing forms is how the picture comes about. It is a leap into the unknown, the greatest and most profound question humans have. The simple fact of how we became, through birth to be who we are today. Women on a higher plane, one that can be easily seen for she is the giver of life. Just as water is natural and essential so is the naked body in all the magical positions that can be attained. The deep thoughts that cannot be given in words stream from the body and the mind. A light takes over and everything is white.

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Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2014: Derek Des Islets, Gallery Sensei, Lower East Side, New York, NY

2010: A Little Too Much, Artistree Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL

2009: Introducing the Mixture, Flux Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2007: Please Be Kind, Pacos, Jacksonville Beach, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015: Gallery Sensei, an exhibition of artwork that is new and old by developing, emerging and mid-career artists…., Lower East Side NYC

2014: Gallery Sensei, Select Fair, Miami Beach, FL

2014: Open Gallery, The Society, Bowery NYC

2014: Greenpoint Gallery, The Vernissage Anniversary Show, Brooklyn, NY

2014: Path Archive @ Gallery 151, Singularity, Manhattan, NY

2013: Greenpoint Gallery, Peoples choice Fall Salon Show, Brooklyn, NY

2012: Harvest of Dreams, C.C.C.P./Northlight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012: Salon Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011: Opening, P.Rose gallery, Fredericksburg, Virginia

2010: Into the Golden City, Il Chiostro Exhibition, Instituto Canossiano, Venice, Italy

2010: Above, Lufrano Intercultural Gallery annex, UNF Student Union, Jacksonville, FL

2010: Ms. Panties, Juried Show, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

2009: Erotica Prospectus, James Harper Gallery, Ormond Beach, FL

2009: Burning Palms, exhibition, Broadfoot Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

2008: Metropolitan Lofts Art Show, Jacksonville FL

2006: My Friends, City Arts Factory Orlando, FL

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