Artist Statement

I am a ceramics sculptor and painter with a formal background in illustration and visual storytelling. I look for humor and fun - I enjoy play - and view the world through the eyes of a child, with an open heart and an empty mind. 


I have a fancy for the dark and whimsical. My process is visceral and fluid. Realism, although in my wheelhouse of training and techniques, is rarely seen in my work outside sketchbooks. I create objects and images with the seriousness of a child and the strength of a blacksmith, deep in the process of play - building textures and layers with forge and hammer, whirligig and kazoo. 


If I was to have an artistic goal beyond process and play (my goal is not to focus on outcomes but awareness and action in the present moment), that goal would be: to smash the seriousness - expose the game for what it is - by embracing paradoxes and contradictions through art and storytelling.

Brief Biography 

Derek L. Larson is an emerging sculpture artist with a background in comics and illustration. He grew up in Southern Maryland, where he excelled in both the sciences and visual arts, played sports as well as the piano and saxophone. In high school he fell in love with ceramics, but decided to go to college in Boston for advertising.  


Derek moved to Savannah in 2006, and earned his MFA from SCAD in 2010 in Sequential Art (comics). In early 2020 Derek became reunited with his first love and passion from high school - ceramic sculpture. He finds inspiration from the architecture, natural beauty, and quirky characters in Savannah that bring this storybook city to life. 


Derek continues to live the slow and sauntering life in Savannah, and sells his ceramic sculptures and paintings online, Gallery 209 on River Street, and at Merchants on Bee located off Victory Drive.