Demarcus McGaughey

Demarcus McGaughey

Brooklyn, NY, United States

About Demarcus McGaughey

Demarcus McGaughey, a Texas native and New York-based mixed media artist, passionately captures the beauty, strength, and vibrancy of people of color. Inspired by his mother as a child, he sharpened his artistic talents by coloring within the lines of her tracings. Eventually, he tapped into his storehouse of magic that pushed him to color outside the lines and chart an artistic path of his own. 

McGaughey specializes in a style that combines painting, photography, mixed media, and graphic design. This elixir of artistic elements stems from his fruitful stint in corporate advertising and graphic design. Post undergrad, he licensed his time and talents to ad agencies and corporations as a freelance designer. Since then, he’s developed a mastery of graphics, product development, branding, and brand coaching. 

In the early days of his career, he found graphics to be the ideal catalyst to tell stories for other people. But it was through painting that he discovered an avenue to tell stories, his way. His vibrant portraits capture elements of his world travels, his family, and his community. Each painting, a love letter to the world, declaring, “I see you and I hear you.” 

Behind his art, resides a lifelong fascination with human psychology. McGaughey has always been intrigued by the mind, especially the stories people tell themselves. As a result, in his art he assumes a narrator role—telling heroic stories of his subject’s self-actualization and self-determination. As a certified life coach, he passionately empowers his coaching community that life is what you create it to be. His portraiture work reveals triumphant tales of African American subjects who have manifested their destiny with a particular focus on the eyes, the window to the soul. 

McGaughey also pays homage to cultural influences with elements of pop art, mass media, comic books, and advertising in his pieces. Inspired by Barkley Hendricks, who famously painted Black people in all their coolness, McGaughey portrays his people in a larger-than-life display. Drawing inspiration from Andy Warhol’s acclaimed artistry in pop art and advertising along with Kehinde Wiley’s massive masterpieces, McGaughey’s work exudes an undeniable flow. 

Throughout his 20-year art career, McGaughey has worked with prestigious brands and organizations, including Beyoncé Knowles Carter and beverage giant Dr. Pepper. His work has been highlighted in numerous magazines and galleries stateside in New York and Texas, and globally in Spain. He has completed art residencies with Mas el sigols in Barcelona, Nfinit Foundation Arts Residency in Brooklyn, and Art Crawl Harlem in New York. He has the distinct honor of being selected as a 2021 Artist-In-Residence at Chateau Orquevaux in France. 

Through his captivating lens, Demarcus McGaughey hopes to continue to inform inspiring stories of Black triumph. 

Education

1998 B.A. Advertising Art, Prairie View University, Prairie View, TX

Events

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2019 “Mas els Igols”, Barcelona, Spain
2020 “Nfinit Foundation Artist Resident”, Brooklyn, NY
2020 “Art Crawl Harlem on Governor's Island Artist Resident”, Brooklyn, NY
2022 “Chateau Orqaveaux Selected Artist Resident”, Orqaveaux, France
2022 “Athena Standards Residency Artist Resident”, Athens, Greece

HONORS AND FEATURES
2019
“Art Mirrors Life”, Weinspire.com, Jacksonville, FL
“The Black Man Can be a Artist”, Theblackmancan.com, NY
“Gowanus Artist”, Bklyner Publication, Brooklyn, NY
“Demarcus McGaughey”, Voyage Magazine, Houston, TX
2021 " Arts Gowanus Board of Directors", Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITION
2020
“Culture”, Msanii Hous Fine Art, Carrollton, TX
2019
“Vibrant Thing”, Estudio Nomada Gallery, Barcelona Spain
2018
“Handsome Art”, The Switch Gallery, New York, NY
2018
“POP ART”, Akwa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
“Holding Space”, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
“Empowered”, Rivre Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
“The Other Art Fair”, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY
"For The Love of Art Exhibition”, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
“How We See”, Pencil On Paper Gallery, Addison, TX
“Young New Yorkers Art Fundraiser”, Showfields, New York, NY
“Colors Exhibition”, Frisco Art Gallery, Frisco, TX
“Faces In My Neighborhood”, Drip Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2020
“26th Annual Carroll Harris Simms National Black Art Exhibition”, Dallas African American Museum, Dallas, TX
“Fire & Soul Exhibition”, Kente Royal Gallery, New York, NY
“BKYLN LEAGUE Pop-Up Exhibition”, Chashama, Brooklyn, NY
“Arts Gowanus Atlantic Avenue Art Walk”, Brooklyn, NY
"BLM Exhibition", Kente Royal Gallery, New York NY
“Black History Month”, Three’s Brewing Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“New Year, New Sh*t”, Sk. Artspace Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Art Fair Carnivalesque”, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY

2019
“Puro Color 2”, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Gowanus Open Studios”, Brooklyn Art Cluster, Brooklyn, NY
“Re:Re:Re: Patterns”, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“FREE FOR ALL”, Slope Suds Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Pancakes and Booze”, Dallas, TX and New York, NY
“Conception Arts Exhibition”, New York, NY
“Harlem Art Walk”, New York, NY
“The Tower Exhibition”, Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY
“Night of Visions”, Frost Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Create Festival”, New York, NY
“Arts to End Violence”, Ron Taylor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2018
“Pancakes and Booze”, Dallas, TX and New York, NY
“Equinox”, Frost Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Art of Metanoia”, New York, NY
“My Tribe”, SK Artspace Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“Night of the Stars”, New York, NY

2017
“Hang Night”, Heath Gallery, New York, NY
“Afro Punk”, Commodore Park, Brooklyn, NY

2016
“Hang Night”, Heath Gallery, New York, NY
“Black History NYC Parks”, Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY