Derek recycles magazines, maps, notes and assorted found materials in his collage portraits on canvas. Combining abstraction and figurative expressionism, Gores considers ‘The study of Fierce’ to be his subject. His ‘Zen Narrative’ approach has gotten national attention from Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, Empty Kingdom and a good mix of galleries coast to coast. Gores counts Madonna, Lenny Kravitz and ESPN among his design clients, and was honored in 2009 to be one of fifteen artists invited to exhibit at the Manifest Hope: DC show prior to President Obama’s Inauguration in Washington. In 2010, Gores was named ‘One of the 40 Important artists of the New Contemporary Movement’.