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“I created an immersive experience where you can see the artwork, interact with it on your cell phone, and wander through the journey that I’ve been on for the last three years,” is how Detroit–bred and –based artist Derek English describes his upcoming show, “Valued Beauty.” 


His first solo show, “Valued Beauty,” will feature portraits from his “Binary Beauty” series, and a collection of other sketches, paintings, and wood canvas creations, all elevated with technological capabilities that take you on a visual journey and tell a story about life. 

English, who wanted to be an artist for as long as he could remember, got his start when Ford Motor Company hired him to work as a Design Engineer in 1998. However, it wasn’t until 2016 that English began sketching and creating personal pieces that defined him and his experiences. After going through a divorce, English was nudged by a close friend to “do things in the context of you, that defines you.” From there, his love for art grew into a form of self-expression where the physical construction of his work translated into the reconstruction of his life. 


“Sometimes, I think when you experience loss, a heavy break-up or a divorce you tend to start to devalue yourself and believe that there is something within you that is the problem,” said English. “You tend to think that you are not valuable enough to the other person, or simply not enough at all. The realization from my journey and the story I tell through my art is that I am enough in all aspects of who I am.” 

With each new piece, English creates a visual story that celebrates women of color, self-love, beauty in everyday life and living in the moment. The artwork featured in the “Valued Beauty” showcase will share these same narratives and more. 


To experience the show, bring your “positive vibes and good energy” to the Detroit Shipping Company on December 17, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

Shannon Stecker

December 10, 2019

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