Is there a bigger professional wrestling fan in the world than Deatra Colbert? Probably not. Though Luis Estrada loves wrestling, too.
Deatra shows her fandom of sports entertainment primarily on paper, though she works across numerous media. Her drawings obsessively detail the goings-on of her favorite athlete/actors. Buried within the dense schemata of her works are names, phrases and important dates from various match-ups. And like professional wrestling, Deatra’s works are a lively celebration of the continuing battle between good and evil.
recent exhibition history
Deatra Colbert // Yali’s Cafe Stanley Hall Berkeley 2017
Transformation // Walt Disney Family Museum San Francisco 2016
We’re Here, organized by Peter Cavagnaro // Yali’s Café Oxford Street Berkeley 2016
Can You Dig It: The Drawings Of Deatra Colbert // NIAD Art Center 2015
Absence of Deliberate Silence // organized by Lacey Haslam NIAD Art Center 2015
Telling It Slant // organized by Courtney Eldridge Richmond Art Center 2015
The Wild Ones // Women’s Cancer Resource Center Oakland 2014
The Wild Bunch // NIAD Art Center 2014
Ebony + Ivory // organized by Katie Johnson NIAD Art Center 2014
Yes To The Dress Pop-Up Shop // organized by Peter Gravener NIAD Art Center 2013
Breaking Barriers // organized by Patricia Watts Marin Community Foundation, Novato 2013
Spring Training // NIAD Art Center 2013