…and around his head the fair goddess set thick a golden cloud, and forth from the man made blaze a gleaming fire… there he stood and shouted… and when they heard the brazen voice of the son of Aeacus the hearts of all were dismayed.” – Homer, The Iliad
Derek Overfield’s work is influenced by the classically monumental, the romantically archaic and modern, the divine and quietly brutal. Through paint and line he seeks to capture the light of existence, that “gleaming fire”, as well as its gravity. He strives to celebrate the figure’s mysterious power and charisma, and, like a purging fire, to burn away the unnecessary exposing the purity beneath.
Derek’s recent work involves a sgraffito technique of scraping away a wet layer of latex paint, creating line from the base beneath. He then applies washes of paint that are lifted away to create form.