Visit the “Abstract Sensualism” exhibition featuring Chris DeRubeis

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Chris DeRubeis Abstract Sensualism

“Opposites Attract” (2014), Chris DeRubeis

Sparks flying from grinded metal, chemicals and pigments swirling together, metallic canvases on fire or frozen – all blend together to form the Abstract Sensualism® of artist Chris DeRubeis.

Park West Gallery will unveil 59 new works by the abstract artist during his solo exhibition, “Abstract Sensualism®,” held Oct. 23 to Nov. 20 at Park West Gallery in Southfield, Michigan.

This is DeRubeis’ first solo exhibition with Park West Gallery. To celebrate the occasion, the public is invited to meet DeRubeis during an opening reception held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 25.

DeRubeis, a Los Angeles native, prefers to work with metal, masterfully manipulating his custom blend of pigments and chemicals while utilizing power tools and burning and freezing techniques on mediums like aluminum. He calls his style “Abstract Sensualism®,” referring to the organic and soft, sleek aesthetics he creates.

“I use different abrasive power tools for different grinding actions for the backgrounds, and then I use a mixture of mixed media –chemicals and paints – to apply to the piece,” DeRubeis says.

Chris DeRubeis

Chris DeRubeis (Image used with permission from David Smith)

The effects are mesmerizing. By simply walking past a DeRubeis work, or even tilting your head, the paintings seem to come to life, capturing the light and causing the colors to dance on the metal.

“Rather than simply painting on metal, DeRubeis incorporates the metallic surface into his paintings, creating works that give the illusion of movement, an effect one can only fully experience in person,” says David Gorman, Gallery Director for Park West Gallery.

At the exhibition, DeRubeis will feature abstract art as well as figurative art and still lifes, many of which will be shown to the public for the first time. Specifically, DeRubeis says he will debut a new series of still lifes that differs from his normal style as well as single-panel abstracts.

“It’ll be a pretty big variety,” DeRubeis says of the collection. “Some of it I’ve been painting for the last few months.”

Each work takes around three weeks to complete. DeRubeis considers his creative process to be “controlled chaos,” and due to the nature of this process, no two works of art are ever alike, even if they share the same title.

“In a constant quest to challenge the limits of painting, Chris DeRubeis has achieved a creative process that is unparalleled,” Gorman says. “Individuals like DeRubeis, who have changed the way we look at and interact with art, are those revered in art history.”

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“Earth, Wind, Fire, Water” (2014), Chris DeRubeis

This unique style caught the attention of the art world in 2005. DeRubeis was honored with two nominations by the First Annual Fine Art Awards, held in Las Vegas. Nominated in the “Mixed Media” and “New Movement” categories, he earned the MUSE Award in “New Movement.” DeRubeis dedicated his award to his grandfather, who played an integral role in his becoming an artist.

The exhibition at Park West Gallery is an opportunity to not only view and own one-of-a-kind artwork by DeRubeis, but to collect it with the artist during the opening reception.

Admission is free to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information or to RSVP for the opening, call 248-354-2343 or visit

View the Chris DeRubeis collection here.

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  • Darren Grimes

    I have just purchased 5 pieces of Derubeis art from the Carnival Legend cruise.
    As you have a exhibition featuring Chris DeRubeis Would you be able to e-mail works available?

  • King Jullien-Art Auctioneer CCL Legend

    Hey Darren & Gavin,
    Hello from Team Legend. Great getting to know you from last cruise and we are sure that you will enjoy your collection for many years to come. P.S. Derty misses you….

  • Sandra dredge

    I just purchased trials blue brown on the breakaway I never would of thought I would purchase abstract art but it caught my eye it’s so intriguing I love it !!! Keep up the great ideas I will have to find more wall space.

  • hanna Davids

    We have now, 4 pieces with wine glasses and the four elements it is great on our wall!!!! THANKS

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  • Timothy Sperling

    I am mesmerized by the “Earth, air, wind, fire” piece, I tried to contact sales regarding purchase of it if possible but I couldn’t find the reference number for the piece so I would love it if someone could get back to me regarding pricing of that piece and possibly several others. Hoping to expand my collection which is mostly aquire through park west by way of carnival cruise ships. Thank you!

  • Shaunda Smith

    I would like to express interest in two of Mr. Chris DeRubeis art work.
    1. Opposites Attract 2014
    2. Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water.
    If someone is interested in Art work of others as well. How would you go about getting price listings. I went on a cruise in August 2016 and I purchased my three art work then. However, my cousin and I are interested in some art work. I was just wondering if there is a website to personally ordering art work. Please advise me.

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