I instantly took a liking to the work of Artist Derrick Hickman, particularly his Text Art . I have featured his work in the past but I thought it would be great to have Derrick answer some questions about himself and his work. Derrick also offers custom paintings done in his word portrait syle, the process is pretty cool, you can read it here.
Q: Who is?
My name is Derrick Hickman and I an artist based in Ohio. My paintings tend to revolve around the concept of memory, its constant state of evolution and how we grapple to define and make static such a nebulous concept. Text is often a vehicle used in my works, sometimes as the subject itself or as a supporting element. Always distorted or fragmented, it is meant to lead viewers as well as misguide or misdirect.
Q: What is your background?
After finishing art school with a BFA in illustration, I worked with a commercial studio producing large scale murals for the retail and hospitality industry. I later went back and earned my BFA in Art education. It was during this time that I began to think of art in a less commercial way and pursue art outside of the boundaries of client direction.
Q: What inspires and influences your artistic and conceptual choices?
Thematically my inspiration comes from reflection and storytelling. How we frame ourselves and others through oral and written narratives fascinates me. Aesthetically my inspiration is all over the place. Midcentury architecture/furniture, vintage signage, carnival banners and outsider art are just some of the areas that creep into my head when designing.
Q: What is your preferred medium to work with? Are there any mediums that you would like to incorporate into future artwork?
I paint in acrylics on canvas or wood panels. Works on paper are usually a mixture of charcoal, acrylic and spray paint. My sculptures run the gamut of found objects and textures from portions of discarded materials. I find myself being attracted to the tactile qualities of mixed media paintings that incorporated three dimensional objects. I feel that the natural progression of my text based paintings will be to move in this direction.
Q: Do you feel that there are trends in art? How do you stay original and stand out?
There are always trends that float around for a while (think birds the last several years) but I try to avoid creating art to meet them. I feel that you can run the risk of falling into decorative arts when approach the process with preconceived goals of fitting into a fashionable style or theme. For me, the aim is always to begin with an idea that is personal to me, develop it in to a solid thesis and hope it resonates with my audience.
Q: My favorite______is________
My favorite jokes are inappropriate.