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Derek Courtney: Sameness Without End

  • Petshop 2725 North 62nd Street Omaha, NE, 68104 United States (map)

April 7th - May 26th
Opening Reception: April 7th, 7-10pm

*NEW Gallery Hours: Fridays 6-8pm or by appointment (
Petshop exhibitions are volunteer curated by Jamie Danielle Hardy & Alex Jochim.

Derek Courtney spent the first 18 years of his life in Putnam County, West Virginia before moving to Omaha, Nebraska. He studied at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, completing his BFA thesis in 1996. He was deeply inspired by art teacher Caryl Toth, who taught him to make art from any and every available resource. To this day, Derek prefers to paint on paper.

Derek’s art starts with recognizable forms that are gradually painted away, emerging as abstract, pulsing amalgamations of colors, shapes, and textures. As a means of avoiding the thematic pigeon-hole, he obscures figurative clarity with abstract layers. Only mere fragments of the original content are allowed to remain.

Currently Derek spends his days earning a living as a cog in the wheel of a very large machine. Any free time he can wrangle is devoted to his family and making art at the Caesium Gallery, a gallery space that Derek co-manages with Mike Scheef in South Omaha.

Earlier Event: April 6
Voice Squared: Shape Note Singing
Later Event: April 14
Sarah Rowe & Angela Simione