Community Gallery

 

The Community Gallery is located in the lobby of the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Emory Street entrance.  For over a decade the Museum has been pleased to offer this prominent gallery space as an exhibition opportunity for both promising and professional artist members. By showcasing one or more member artist(s) per month, the Community Gallery maximizes the exposure of unique art and contact with Museum viewers. 

To learn more about exhibition opportunities in the Attleboro Arts Museum’s Community Gallery contact office@attleboroartsmuseum.org or 508-222-2644 x15.

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Paintings by Derek Raymond 

Exhibition: July 2nd – 30th, 2021

Museum Gallery Hours: Tues – Sat from 10am-4pm (closed Saturday, July 3rd)

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“My current work is largely informed by the rudimental aspects of graffiti, with an emphasis on extracting and further manipulating unrefined aesthetics of both vandalism and vandalism removal processes,” comments Derek Raymond.

This series is intended to develop an abstract focus on removing the attribution elements from style writing, and simultaneously combine slivers of these marks with shapes and styles found in vandalism cover-up and removal processes. The paintings in this ongoing body of work are an effort to nod to both these directions as well as achieve an unintentional balance in composition. Most of these works are intentionally unnamed and based largely in a primary palette. Holistically, the ambition of his work is to dissect the urban landscape, and through developing a unique abstract visual language, pay homage to quintessential elements of city life.

Derek Raymond is a graphic designer and self-taught mixed media artist based in Providence, RI. After discovering graffiti as a teenager, various practices of self-expressive mark making and learning the history of outsider arts became an obsession that would set the course of his adult life. Meeting other artists across subcultures gave the opportunity to soak up knowledge, paint together, and deepen his personal relationship with art. This led to studying graphic design and earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and digital media from Johnson & Wales University.

Derek has begun a thoughtful move to his studio painting practice. He strives for refinement and development of his personal style. His work is now largely inspired by time spent traveling, reading, writing, photographing, and experiencing urban culture and nightlife around the world.

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Images (top to bottom):

  • Untitled Abstract 3; ink, charcoal, pastel and acrylic on paper
  • Untitled; enamel, spray paint and rosin paper on canvas
  • Standing on the Spree at 6 a.m.; enamel & spray paint on canvas

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