Artists

Clark Derbes
Air Conditioner (Heat Wave), 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
11” x 39” x 2”
Space Drawing, 2021
Carved, polychromed maple
11” x43” x 3”
Reclining Portrait, 2021
Carved, polychromed maple
11” x43” x 3”
Shadow Portrait, 2021
Carved, polychromed maple
11” x43” x 3”
Lil Time Traveler (Seated Portrait), 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
6” x 12” x 2”
Lil Air Conditioner, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
6” x 14” x 2”
Air Conditioner, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
12” x 17” x 2.5”
Heat Weave, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
11” x 11” x 8”
Heat Weave, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
11” x 11” x 8”
Space drawing, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
14” x 10” x 11”
Space drawing, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
14” x 10” x 11”
Space drawing, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
14” x 10” x 11”
Space drawing, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
14” x 10” x 11”
Portals, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
17” x 17” x 4”
Portals, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
17” x 17” x 4”
Radiator, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
15” x 9” x 11”
Radiator, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
15” x 9” x 11”
Bandscape, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
12” x 10” x 9”
Bandscape, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
12” x 10” x 9”
Bandscape, 2022
Carved, polychromed elm
6” x 17” x 2”
Three Spaces, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
10” x 26” x 2”
Bandscape, 2022
Carved, polychromed red oak
13” x 13” x 1.5”
Heat Weave (Sculpture of a Painting), 2016
Carved, polychromed elm
10” x 11” x 1”
Bandscape (Sculpture of a Painting, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
10” x 10” x 2”
Bandscape Swirl (Sculpture of a Painting, 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
12” x 11” x 1”
Plaid Flannel (Sculpture of a Painting) 2022
Carved, polychromed maple
15” x 18” x 2”

Artist Info

Clark Derbes 
Born 1978, New Orleans, Louisiana
Lives/Works Charlotte, VT
Using a chainsaw, Derbes first cuts blocks of wood from a variety of tree species, including elm, poplar and maple. Continuing to carve each block into a unique and dynamic shape, he meticulously chisels, paints, sands and burnishes each piece in order to achieve a variety of complex geometric visual systems, planes, patterns and patinas. With a palette that ranges from vibrantly rich jewel tones to subdued neutrals, Derbes uses pattern, shape, and shifts of scale to playfully and unexpectedly alter perspective and space.
Inspired by farm-stands and roadside sellers, Clark fabricated an ‘art farm-stand’ at the end of his (rural) driveway where he regularly displays (and posts/sells through social media) recently completed artworks of a wide variety of styles, genres, and mediums. What began as a semi-serious business experiment, quickly became a focus in the artist’s career. This practice, of tending the farm-stand, ensures and encourages a fast paced studio environment of constant experimentation.
Clark Derbes (b. 1978) is originally from New Orleans, LA and received a BFA at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was raised. In addition to his sculptures, Derbes also makes paintings, works on paper and large public installations. His work has been shown extensively throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Hall Art Foundation in Reading, VT, Devin Borden Gallery in Houston, TX, Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, MA, Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA, and Martine Chaisson Gallery in New Orleans, LA. Derbes currently lives and works in Charlotte, Vermont.
Education
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Louisiana State University
Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions: 
2021
Scott Miller Projects, “When Woods We Pass”, w/ Ross Taylor, Birmingham, AL
Hall Art Foundation, “Time Travelers and Portals”, South Reading, VT
2020
Paris London Hong Kong, “Art-Farmstand Works”, curated by Jason Pickleman, Chicago, IL 2019
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, Mass
2017
Ava Gallery, “Self-Commissioned”, Lebanon, NH 
Christine Price Gallery, “Recent Works”, Castleton University, Castleton, VT 2016 
“Frozen Territory”, w/ Paul Kremer , Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa, TX “Square Dance”, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX 
“Recent Work”, BCA Center, Burlington,VT
2014
”The Doors of Perception”, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA “American Sculpture”, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
”American Sculpture”, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX 2013
Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, La West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT 
Johnson State College, Didben Center for the Arts, Johnson, VT 2012
Red Bud Gallery, Houston, TX
Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT 
2009
BCA Center, Burlington, VT
2008
JDK Gallery, Burlington, VT
2007
Jenkins Connelly, New Orleans, LA
2005
Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge, LA
Group Exhibitions
2022
“Mountains at Collioure”, curated by Jared Quinton, White River Junction, VT 2020
“Three Sided Square”, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2019
“Made in Vermont” Hall Art Foundation, Reading Vermont
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, Mass
Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX
2018
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, Mass 
Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX
Baton Rouge Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA
2017
Page Bond Gallery, “Sunscreen” Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
Carole Calo Gallery, “SuperGems” , Stone Hill College, Easton, Mass
2016
Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX
Galveston Art Center, New Beginnings: The Shape of Things to Come, Galveston, TX Scope New York, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2015
”Art in America”, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Miami Art Week 
Scope Miami, Clark Gallery
”In Grain”, Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, VT
Airlock Gallery, LUX Art Institute, Encinitas, CA
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, Mass
”August Geometry”, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Left Field SLO, “Inaugural Show” San Luis Obispo, CA
”Go Big”, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX
2014
”Abstract 2″ , Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2013
Devin Borden Gallery, Houston TX
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
”Color Collision” Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2012 Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA
“The Architectural Prism” ArtCurrents, NYC,NY
23rd annual Juried Exhibition, Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV
West Branch Gallery, Stowe, VT
2011
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“Wood”, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod Community College, Truro, MA “Collection of Michael Robinson and Don Boutte”, L.A.S.M., Baton Rouge, LA 2010
“Summer Show” Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA “Measuring and Collecting” Montanaro Contemporary, Newport, R.I. 2009 “New/Now” Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2008
“Prospect One” Loyola University Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2007
“New Geometries” Loyola University Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2006
“Calacas” Art Car Museum, Houston, TX 2005 “Money Show” L.S.U.
CV
Public Art :
2019 -Mural at Redstone HQ, Burlington, VT
-Mural at Higher Ground HQ, Burlington, VT
-Mural in old north end , Burlington, VT
-Three community murals w/volunteers in Baton Rouge, LA during MLK day
2018 -Mural at “Overpass Merchant”, Baton Rouge, LA
-Two large murals w/ volunteers in Baton Rouge, LA during MLK day
2017 -Mural w/volunteers on pine st. Burlington w/BCA Grant and King Street Center 2015 -The Art of Recycling , Burlington, VT, Dealer.com and C.C.S.W.D.
– Mural at The Moran Plant with King Street Youth Center, Burlington,VT
-Mural with BRWALLS with 25 youth , Baton Rouge, LA
2014 -mural with BRWALLS Baton Rouge, LA during MLK day
2013 -public art work at Johnson State College, Johnson, VT w/ Students
-mural with BRWALLS , Baton Rouge, LA 2009 –mural at Iron Design

Past Exhibitions

  • August 3, 2013 - September 28, 2013
    Clark Derbes uses carved and poly-chromed wood to materialize conceptual art of the highest caliber. These sculptures-of-paintings-of-sculptures explore multiple genres and approaches. The optical effect of the carved–out bas-relief sculpture is immediate and profound, while the rough-hewn surfaces and delicate handling of paint seduces the viewer. The work joins american folk/outsider art traditions with the […]
  • April 7, 2012 - May 28, 2012