Derrick Adams (b. 1970, Baltimore, MD) is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, paper-based collage, performance, video, sound and multimedia sculpture. His practice is rooted in the manipulation of structure and surface, and the marriage of complex and improbable forms. Through these techniques, Adams examines the connection between popular culture and the construction of self-image.
Adams created the uplifting imagery that was installed throughout the Pediatric Emergency Department Treatment Rooms at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in 2020. Some of his pool floatie imagery also graces the cover and sticker spread of Between the Lines: An RxART Coloring Book by Contemporary Artists – Volume 8.
Adams lives and works in New York City. Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work include shows at Hudson River Museum, New York (2020); Luxembourg & Dayan, New York (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2018); Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2018); UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles (2017); Countee Cullen Library, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017).