Derek Des Islets


Derek Des Islets

Derek Des Islets lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, NY. Des Islets graduated from the University of North Florida in 2010.

A major part of his life and work has been the loss of his mother - dealing with grief, addiction, and the notion of time and space. Suddenly having his grandfather die in his arms two years later, precipitated a philosophical inquiry that deeply informs his paintings.

His work is collected worldwide and his art has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Paris, Hong Kong, Miami, and New York.

From the Artist's Website:

“Derek Des Islets' paintings are intuitively formed and spiritually guided visual descriptions of the quantum nature of reality. Using images of scientific instruments as a compositional bedrock shows the path of energy/thought/feeling through the work. The fusion of the biological signature of a beating heart denoted as an electrocardiograph measurement and using lines as time is, in essence, a visual description of life. These linear elements are used as metaphorical “packets” of memory/emotion with differing values of length, width and hue. The globular (bulbous) elements serve as a spiritual capacitor on canvas and are a catalyst for the emergence of the connections within the paintings. These works aim to act as a codex to the universe in a language that is unable to be comprehended.”[1]