The paintings, sculptures, and installations created by Derek Fordjour (b. 1974, Memphis, TN) often depict figures in culturally-rich scenes of celebration such as parades, concerts, and sporting events. Fordjour utilizes these scenes as perfect sociological studies in which communities grapple with race, politics, and inequalities in American society. Each work can be identified by Fordjour’s signature collaged style in which he layers various materials such as cardboard and newspaper.
The most recent solo exhibitions of Fordjour’s work have been held at the Pond Society, Shanghai (2021); the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO (2020); Petzel Gallery, NY (2020); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2019); and Josh Lilley, London (2019). His pieces are in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA; and the Dallas Museum of Art, TX, among others. Fordjour’s work is featured in Between the Lines: An RxART Coloring Book by Contemporary Artists – Volume 8. Click here to download and color his spread.