77 Monsters, 2012 to 2013. Oil, enamel, acrylic, and spray-paint on canvas panels. 96 x 152 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.

Madison, WI


In his paintings, Derrick Buisch combines vibrant colors, varied surface textures, and abstract imagery borrowed from everyday sources, including maps, commercial product design, roadside signs, and album covers. As a key component of his creative process, Buisch maintains an archive of sketchbooks that serves as a compendium of potential subjects and forms. Big Monster Grid is composed of seventy-seven individual panels, each featuring a distinct graphic rendering of a monster icon culled from this inventory. Carefully arranged in a grid pattern, these paintings present a comprehensive look at a single graphic motif. Playfully intended by the artist to be read as a wall of LPs albums in a record store, his gathering of textured and stylized paintings fetishizes the eye-popping arrangements of retail displays and taps into feelings of desire and consumption. 


Derrick Buisch has been a Professor of Painting at the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 1997. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1996. On the national scene, he has had numerous solo exhibitions in the United States and has participated in national and international group shows, including Pretty and Smells Good at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2006 and the London Biennale in 2005. Buisch is represented by Tory Folliard Gallery in Milwaukee.

Behind the Scenes

Derrick Buisch: Monsters