Derrick Hickman has chosen the familiar images of childhood toys as a vehicle to survey memory, self-doubt, and societal comparisons. Particularly through the scope of media, advertising, and merchandising. After all, these are our introductions to being “sold”. Where we first learn to weigh ourselves against others, whether it be our possessions, life style, or happiness. His paintings are intended to draw the viewer in to the work through the representation of iconic playthings that cue nostalgia, whether real or perceived. These images are placed next to snippets of personal narrative and the promises of advertising jargon.
Derrick Hickman earned his BFA in Illustration and Advertising from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Later earning a BFA in Art Education and Painting from Ohio University