had the pleasure to sign some tshirts i did for Mental Health America at their annual conference Thursday in Washington DC. These are amazing people doing amazing things to make things better and i was happy to be a part of it.


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check it out, the new ‘always’ print has the center heart cut out of the paper. you can put what ever picture you want behind it or leave it alone – link to buy is HERE

always die-cut


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may is mental health awareness month, and i’m finding the awareness of my personal bipolar condition to be pretty heavy for some reason. i find myself sedating myself to escape from it for a while, but as soon as i wake, i feel the depression right there standing on my chest saying “good morning, time to not get started”. the real reason i get up is because of rommel, if i didn’t have a dog i was responsible for i don’t know what i would do……on my Facebook page i’m posting a picture that reflects some aspect of bipolar each day, some of the pieces are new, then others are old, but they all relate…so check them out every day and get a does of my ……..

derek hess facebook page

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i’ve put up a series of pieces called “it’s time” in the original archive gallery…there’s also a bunch of new stuff in the orignal available gallery too…they will be ready soon, if you want one now, email marty@strhess.com and he’ll take care of you

my radio show is tomorrow at 11am to 12:30pm. the station is wcsb 89.3, listen on the air in cleveland, or anywhere on line at www.wcsb.org

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ok, my detroit show is called “EDP” which stands for ’emotionally disturbed person’ which is a police code..they say over the radio, “we have a EDP and we’re gonna shoot his ass”- so, the show is april 28th at inner state gallery, which is an awesome place.

i’m doing a print to go along with the opening which will be available on the 1xrun site, which is inner state’s sisiter site. it deals with on line sales of prints and art. so there, you have two things to look at. i’ll have that detroit print up soon…along with the print i am doing 5 hand embellished prints too…you’ll see those soon as well.

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ok, time for a new infrequent post! i’ll try to do better…

we have a new print ready for pre-order…”i’m the common thread of all my bad relationships”

you can order it “HERE”


i have a show in detroit that is starting to get closer…it’s april 28th at the inner state gallery…more info soon

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Don’t bore your partner with the same old dying flowers this year. Im offering 10 of these roses, first come first serve. Original rose drawing approximately 5” x 5” with stand and vase. The price is $200 + Shipping. If interested contact derekhess216@gmail.com. Ill even personalize it for the person you purchasing it for. Happy Valentines Day!


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ok…again with the lack of blogging…i don’t know, this blogging thing, i just can’t get it down, i’m working on it, one day i’ll blog like the goof tweets….anyway, i’m having a show that i’m collaborating pieces with artist scott pickering. scott is based here in cleveland and i’ve always been a fan of his work…here’s something i wrote up for the show..

“i’ve know Scott since the early 90’s from playing with many different bands (prisonshake, my dad is dead, etc) and soon there after became aware of his art work. fresh monstrous, hat wearing, garbage pelting, funny figures that bounce at you with bold applications of color…or no color at all. regardless the medium the message is conveyed, these fresh dudes are gonna grab you by the hair and whisper nonsense in your ears till they pop. Scott and i decided to take the two of our different approaches to the paper and combine them and see what happens. what’s grown from the mayhem are some solid expressions of serious nonsense that leaves the viewer satisfied.”

the show is called “double dog daddy-o” and will be february 17th, at the derek hess gallery, located at 1300 west 78th street, cleveland. this has been a fun collaboration, hope some of you can make it to…here’s one of the pieces we’ve done together..


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