A man walks his dog, and overhears laughter at an outdoor garden party nearby, just as a roadster quietly speeds along the drive to the ocean. The paintings intertwine to tell a story.
Derek Daniel Reformat was born in Buffalo, NY in 1983 and came to New York in 2005 to study medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He currently resides Manhattan, where he is training in plastic surgery at NYU. Influenced by the iconic architecture and fashion of New York City, the hedges and landscapes of eastern Long Island, and the nostalgic imagery of the early 20th century conjured by historical fiction of that time period, the paintings by DDR provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in a time that might be viewed as much different than today; one of class and prosperity, simplicity and being carefree. With reliance on black and white, firm lines, bold contrast, and the prudent use of bright simple color as an accent, DDR provides us with intriguing and simple portraits and cityscapes to invoke feelings of nostalgia and bliss in pieces that on first-glance might otherwise seem noir-esque.
Art by DDR