July 15, 2022 / August 27, 2022

Animal House

Derek Aylward

G/F & 1/F, 159 Hollywood Road
Central Hong Kong
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 7 PM

Featured Art

Over the Influence, Hong Kong is thrilled to present Animal House, an exhibition of new paintings by Massachusetts-based artist Derek Aylward.

Derek Aylward is known for his unique visual language that can be described as contemporary folklore, combining humanoid figures that are generally depicted with animal or otherworldly qualities, peppered with superheroes and cartoons of the mid-21st century, and with a cubist-expressionist edge.
Aylward’s practice is rooted in drawing, with a feverish compulsion to put pencil to paper, pen to napkin, or any mark-making tool that may leave a record on a surface. As such, Aylward’s paintings retain the raw and gestural qualities of a drawing; expressive marks punctuated with hard clean lines reveal a similar urgency, but with broad brush strokes, complex texture, and handling of the acrylic medium in a way that reveals the great variation between flat matte and shiny surfaces, a variety of cut-out forms, figures and abstraction, all heightened by a palette that is equally vibrant, whether fluorescent, primaries or muted earth tones.


Derek Aylward

Derek Alyward (b. 1976, Boston, MA, USA) lives and works in Cambridge, MA, USA. He is a self-taught painter. His works were featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Blum & Poe, Los Angeles and the Marian Cramer Projects. Derek Alyward has been featured in articles for the arrestedmotion and the “Art Daily”. The most recent article is Exhibition at Marian Cramer Projects Presents an Eclectic Selection of Works by 18 International Artists Written for the Art Daily in July 2020.