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 :

2004
BFA – Studio Art/Design, University North Carolina Greensboro

2018
MFA Candidate – New Media Arts, University North Carolina Greensboro


Museum Exhibitions:

2016
Super-Vision, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (CAM)

2015
The Nothing That Is, Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (CAM)

2012-13
Word Up, North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)

2010-11
NCNC*, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)

2005
On the 8th Day*, MASS MoCA (Wooster Collective)

2004
Juried Seniors Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum


Selected Gallery Exhibitions:

2016
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

2015
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

2014
Three Way, CVA, Greensboro, NC
Inauguration, Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA), Pompano Beach, FL
Winter Show, GreenHill, Greensboro, NC
Foundations, Flanders, Raleigh, NC

2013
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

2012
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

2011
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

2010
NCNC* , Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
Crash, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Believe the Hype II* , Bold Hype, Miami, FL

2009
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

2008
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

2007
Vinyl Killers,  Zeitgeist Gallery, Portland, OR

2005
Juried Seniors Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

2004
On The 8th Day, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Paper Politics, In These Times, Chicago, IL

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

*=listed as Parail and/or Derek Toomes