With an approach harkening to the works of Matisse, David Derish’s paintings are vibrant, colorful explorations of vision and material. The act of seeing, of interacting with the painting, trumps the image represented. The painting as its own object overtakes the painting as a capturing of an external object.
In Derish’s own words, “My paintings are ultimately as much an investigation into the material conditions of painting as an expression of the feeling or idea that inspires the painting. I am interested in the organic energy in a painting, an energy that has a life of its own, and I am concerned with the effect that a painting has – emotionally and psychologically – more than with what the painting looks like.”
Derish’s work implores the viewer to focus on the objectivity of the painting itself distinct from the image rendered on the canvas. It is the very act of painting, the act of applying the medium that should be considered. These intriguing works raise the question of what constitutes an object in art.