The beauty of our digital age is access. I don’t recall exactly how I found the work of Derek Gores. Regardless, I am grateful. His rich, textural collages succeed in bringing another dimension to his subject, whether it’s a shoe or a person. Beyond the work, he also teaches workshops and is open about sharing his techniques and style with those interested.
Lots of people use maps as source material for collages and paintings, but few do it as well as Matthew Cusick. The Dallas-based artist uses the lines and grids with their varying densities to create depth and values, resulting in stunningly textured images and portraits.