MEDIUM: Pen & Ink, Tech Pens, Acrylics.
AREA OF INTEREST: Cartoons, Pop Art, Modern Art, and Comics
YEARS ACTIVE: 4
ARTIST STATEMENT / BIO
Sky Welkin is Derek Simon's manifestation of the unknown — a jovial and thematic means of expression. A means for Derek to express the way growing up in Greece, Panama, and Thailand has influenced him. Derek was born in Fairfax, Virginia, but his unique multi-cultural upbringing inspired him to pursue a career in the arts. He returned to the United States from his travels in 2004, and went onto graduate high school in 2007. He attended Old Dominion University (BFA) with a concentration in Print and Photo Media (class of 2014).
"While he has enjoyed the various expressive aspects photography offers, Derek’s desire for a more honest expression was yet to be satisfied. Through realizing and accepting his attraction to the environments depicted by filmmaker Tim Burton and the wit of cartoonist Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes), Derek found he could express himself more creatively by drawing illustrations and cartoons. And further, the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein prompted Derek to develop a concept and personal theme of his own" — Sky Welkin.
The word, 'welkin,' comes from an Old English term, wolcen, which means cloud or heavenly skies. Derek extended its meaning to include a unique landscape of his state of mind: a conceptual landscape that had themes of inquiry, continuum, reason, and evolution. He sees it as an abstraction of life, and Sky Welkin is a way to escape the confines of reality and the horrible things that come with it. Sky Welkin establishes a foundation that supports the pillars of originality, truth, and perspective. Not only is Sky Welkin the name of his (concept) theme, but it serves as his pseudonym as well.