"I live in Cleveland, America and I make masterpieces. I'm an artist / superhero, my work tends to be figurative, as in based on the human figure, not figurative. It's more often than not suggestive, it implies things, sometime my point is relatively obvious, other times it's open to interpretation. much inspiration is drawn from bad relationships, I think that's why so many people relate to it. This is a career choice by default, I'm not good at anything else.
All of these works were done over the last three months between working on other projects. I love this stuff. Everything I do starts with loose drawings and it’s always nice to keep them loose, some looser than others, the gesture is the essence. Each piece is made with pen, ink and acrylic. Just up to three colors, that’s it. Black, white and red. I think if any psychiatrists are reading this, one would look great in their office. Could give some clients something they could relate to." - Derek Hess
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From concert posters to politically charged fine art pieces, Cleveland-based artist Derek Hess has tested the waters of both the music and art world for over 15 years.
Growth, in general, has been an unwavering theme throughout both Hess’ personal and professional life. From a young age, Hess was transfixed by his father Roy’s ability to create on paper the images of planes and tanks that his son had swimming in his head.
Always a fan of music, Hess began booking shows at the Euclid Tavern, a staple for cover bands and blues at the time. Hess soon began to curtail the format of the bands being brought to the tavern into something he liked and was comfortable with. He also started creating the promotional flyers for the shows using his own unique vision and a play off the bands names and genre.
More recently, Hess started a clothing line, Strhess, as well as Hessfest and the Strhess Tour, a collaboration of music and art that features bands such as Thursday, Shadow’s Fall, Stretch Arm Strong and Taking Back Sunday.
Hess’ art has been able to transcend genres as well as generations, which is icing on the cake for the artist. “At the end of the day I’d like, ideally, for all of my art to be technically sound. That, to me, is what makes a successful artist.”