Kudos to Derrick Adams, Julio Larraz and Montoya and Ortiz

Derrick Adams 1970 –

Derrick Adams works in his studio, just a few blocks away from the Nostrand Avenue Long Island Railroad Station, so it made sense for him to be asked to create a mural for newly renovated platform.

Derrick Adams in front of his LIRR mural, 2020

The mural is made of 85 panels of laminated glass that spans the length of the platforms and extend on to the four new pedestrian bridges.

Derrick Adams
Nostrand Avenue LIRR mural, 2020

“As a longtime resident, I was inspired to create this work as a response to the vibrant cultural surroundings and diverse population which I see in motion on a daily basis,” Adams said, “The figures fuse with architecture and nature as a representation of the progressive impact left by generations of growth. These hybrid structures represent the many important components which reside together to form a thriving community.”

Derrick Adams
Party Guest 1, 2020 (We Came to Party and Plan Series)
Screen print, relief, collage
24 x 18 inches
Signed lower right
For sale at VFA

Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art at Brooklyn College. He received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and his M.F.A. from Columbia University. He was given Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2018 and has recently been elected to the Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees.

Derrick Adams
Boy on Swam Float, 2020
Woodcut, screen print, collage
31 x 45 inches
Signed lower right
For sale at VFA

The work of Derrick Adams can be found in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Julio Larraz 1944 –

Julio Larraz in front of his Trojan Horse sculpture at the Frost Museum in Miami, 2020

Last February, Julio Larraz spent time with FIU students at The Frost Art Museum to celebrate the official unveiling of Trojan Horse, a large sculpture of a telephone, on loan to the museum.

Julio Larraz
The Innisfail on the Santa Ana, 2016
Oil on Canvas
60 x 72 inches
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Larraz was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to the United States. in 1961. In his early days in the U.S., he found work as a political cartoonist with published works in such distinguished publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Time, Ramparts, Newsweek, and The Chicago Tribune.

Julio Larraz
The Asterion Code, 2013
Oil on canvas
60 x 72 inche
Signed: Larraz (u.r.r)
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Larraz says that he does quick sketches of pictures he imagines, which he calls, “The Kingdom We Carry Inside”. “They are like dreams,” he said,  “it’s like when you try to tell someone about a dream you had, and it becomes smoke before you finish the sentence”.

Julio Larraz has been living and working in Miami since 2004.

Montoya and Ortiz

Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz at work in their West Palm Beach foundry.

Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz have been combining their talents since 1994.

Montoya & Ortiz
The Treasure Hunter
28 x 55 x 12 inches
Patinated Bronze
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Their latest sculptures and paintings look at the female figure in surreal settings.

Montoya & Ortiz
The Fish Gatherer
Oil on wood panel
45 x 45 inches
For sale at Surovek Gallery

The recent works of Montoya and Ortiz have the same exceptional craftsmanship and sense of play as their earlier works, which focused on fruits and vegetables.

Montoya and Ortiz
Martini Time
For sale at Surovek Gallery

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Derrick Adams, Julio Larraz, Montoya and Ortiz, or any of the fine artists whose works are available at Surovek Gallery.


References:
Rich Pietras. Art Professor Derrick Adams Among 15 New National Academy Of Design Inductees. Brooklyn College. December 23, 2020.
LIRR’s Newest Elevators Unveiled in Brooklyn at Nostrand Avenue Station. MTA Construction & Development. February 3, 2020.
Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees: Recently Elected Members and New DEI Committee. Pratt Institute News. December 16, 2020.
Erica Corsano. ‘I Just Called to Say:’ Students spend Valentine’s Day with local sculptor Julio Larraz. Florida International University. February 17, 2020.
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