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Derrick Buisch

I focus on abstract painting informed by ordinary, everyday visual information. Twelve years of painting abstractly provides me with a fertile working territory. The major concentration in this body of work is the development of an idiosyncratic, abstract visual language. My original fascination in ideograms transitioned into a more automatic, abstract painting vocabulary. These paintings involve the investigation of three specific properties: drawing, structure, and color.  Inspirations for these works come from a variety of pedestrian sources such as: roadside signs, strip malls, graffiti, tattoos, and product symbol design. 
-Derrick Buisch


Vibrating lines morph into playful symbols of pop culture and brilliant color combinations provide jolts of electric energy in paintings by Derrick Buisch.  Meant to be visually engaging and potentially unnerving, Buisch combines evocative imagery with moments of uneasy hilarity.

A professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1997, Buisch has exhibited in many museums regionally and nationally.  He was awarded the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors  and was a  Wisconsin Triennial Artist in 2014 and 2016.

Buisch received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD and his MFA from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

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