Born 1991 in Jefferson City, Missouri, USA
Lives and works in New York, New York, USA
Demarco Mosby’s paintings aptly illustrate the emotional scars collected on our everyday journeys. Rather than simply chronicle significant moments in our lives, his interest instead lies in portraying the full ramifications decisions, responsibilities, and duties have on us as individuals, and, at times, collectively as a community. The artist refers to this type of contemporary storytelling as ‘grand narrative,’ offering an update to many of the classic tales of heroism and tragedy that can be artificial or subversive when viewed through today’s moral lens.
In his artistic practice, Mosby applies a painterly approach of loose brushstrokes, bold outlines, and distinct impasto sections. Often he will incorporate mixed media elements like asphalt, sand or glue to echo or emphasise the density of the subject matter. His preferred earth tone palette includes hues like burnt umber, deep navy, and rich terracotta, to instil a grounded tone despite his surreal, fantastical scenes.