'Dead Man's Tales' by Derek Nobbs Combines History with Morbid

By: Andrew Robertson - Published: May 14, 2012 • References: dereknobbs and visualnews
Death and history come together in Derek Nobbs' latest solo collection titled 'Dead Man's Tales' opening on Friday May 11th, 2012 at the Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle.

The collection depicts skeletal figures adorned in nautical and frontier-themed apparel. The juxtaposition between death and nation-building mythology creates a compelling parallel between pushing boundaries and having already reached one's demise.

The illustrations are beautifully arranged, pairing vibrantly shaded hues with the rustic allure of vintage paper. The combination between illustration and canvas looks similar to the "wanted" posters that used to decorate saloons along the frontier-west. Many of the illustrations come from Derek Nobbs's love for the ocean -- a vast expanse of rolling waves that is simultaneously captivating and full of peril.