Parade: Derek Fordjour

 Image: Derek Fordjour,  (Detail) No. 77, 2017 , Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on newspaper mounted on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy the artist

Image: Derek Fordjour, (Detail) No. 77, 2017, Acrylic, charcoal and oil pastel on newspaper mounted on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Courtesy the artist

PARADE: DEREK FORDJOUR
July 27, 2017 - February 11, 2018

Parade took visitors on a journey through the sense-memory of childhood and the process of
forging an identity, and reflected back to Fordjour’s own curiosities, observations, and obsessions as a child artist growing up in Memphis, Tennessee. At once playful and poignant, disorienting and propulsive, Parade encapsulates Fordjour’s life in pursuit of art while engaging and inspiring adults and children alike.
 

 Photo by Kaitlyn Flannagan

Photo by Kaitlyn Flannagan

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Derek Fordjour was born in Memphis, Tennessee to parents of Ghanaian heritage. His work hasappeared in exhibitions at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, Sotheby's S2 Gallery in New York and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy.

A recipient of the C12 Emerging Artist Award 2017, Derek has been awarded residencies at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in New York City. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Brooklyn Rail. His work appears in several collections throughout the US and Europe including JP Morgan Chase collection and Dallas Museum of Art.

Derek is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia, earned a Master’s Degree in Art Education from Harvard University and an MFA in painting at Hunter College.


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