Derek Toomes is an artist based in Raleigh, NC.  He is currently the Digital Director and an MFA candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Derek is drawn to the iconic imagery of popular culture, as he is equally interested our societal location as a culture inundated by imagery. His sourcing as well as appropriation of images allows Derek to create work that is aesthetically and anthropologically situated within culture, while also commenting on that culture. His images, videos, and kinetic objects are both: self aware, and art aware, as they operate as contemporary atavistic viewing experiences.

Having spent an extended time in Los Angeles, Derek’s work is also influenced by Latino art. He often uses richer textures, more luxurious colors, and more ornamental, hand-drawn lettering, which both compliment and provide a stark contrast to his grittier, more urban techniques.  He works with a number of mediums from aerosol paint, marker, wheat paste, and acrylic on conventional sized canvases, to large installations that incorporate video and robotic elements.

Derek’s work has been featured in various progressive art shows, including; North Carolina Museum of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and he has been invited to work on an array of collaborative art projects throughout Northern America.


Education :

BFA – Studio Art/Design, University North Carolina Greensboro

MFA Candidate – New Media Arts, University North Carolina Greensboro

Museum Exhibitions:

Super-Vision, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (CAM)

The Nothing That Is, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (CAM)

Word Up, North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)

NCNC*, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)

On the 8th Day*, MASS MoCA (Wooster Collective)

Juried Seniors Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Selected Gallery Exhibitions:

Bonded Llama, Block Gallery, Raleigh, NC
FUHB2, The Pink Building, Raleigh, NC
The Space Between, Greensboro Project Space, Greensboro, NC
Migratory Birds, The Mahler Fine Art, Raleigh, NC

Equivalent Experience Necessary, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Erstwhile and Hereafter, Golden Belt Arts, Durham, NC
In Lucas We Trust, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
BothWays, Royal Palm, Marrakech, Morocco

Three Way, CVA, Greensboro, NC
Inauguration, Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA), Pompano Beach, FL
Winter Show, GreenHill, Greensboro, NC
Foundations, Flanders, Raleigh, NC

Exhibition of Recent Works, Randolph Arts Guild, Asheboro, NC
Perdido en la Traducción, Flanders, Raleigh, NC
The Life Aquatic, DesignBox, Raleigh, NC
Mystery Build, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC

Word Up, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Don’t I know you from somewhere?* , Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
Unlived Histories, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
NC Artists Exhibition, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Raleigh, NC
For the Love of Art (featured artist), VAE Gala, Raleigh, NC

CHROMA, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Fright Night (live painting), CAM, Raleigh, NC
Art of the Auction, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Give & Take, ArtSpace, Raleigh, NC
Gallery II, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC

NCNC* , Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Crash, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Believe the Hype II* , Bold Hype, Miami, FL

Believe the Hype* , Bold Hype, Orlando, FL
Electric Mayhem, Flanders 311, Raleigh, NC
Gallery Nomads* , Green Hill Center, Greensboro, NC
Drips Caps Flicks, Golden Belt, Durham, NC

Triple Threat* , City Arts, Orlando. FL
Why Is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?, 2008, Flanders 311, Raleigh, NC
Window Down* , Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
Works of Heart , Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC

Vinyl Killers,  Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR

Juried Seniors Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

On The 8th Day, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Paper Politics, In These Times, Chicago, IL

10×10, April 2003, PS211, Winston Salem, NC

*=listed as Parail and/or Derek Toomes