Hugo Rivera Gallery is located in Laguna Beach, California. We display original artwork from several talented Southern California contemporary artists, with an emphasis in the figurative and abstract.
Derek Emge’s fascination with photography began with his first camera, a Pentax ME film camera he received in 7th grade. Faithfully documenting the adventures of his friends in the outdoors, he then mastered the dark room in college while developing an appreciation for the artistry of photography.
Over the years, the equipment and technology improved, allowing for greater explorations and experimentation. Documenting his son through years of surf contests and surf trips around the world sparked an interest in sports photography and Derek still spends many days in the water with local watermen.
Much of the fine art displayed by Derek has its roots in the ocean as well. The colors, the texture, and the light is forever changing in and around the water, providing a living canvas to work with. Derek’s art aims to capture and share with his viewers the feeling, the sensation or the emotion that he too experienced when each photo was taken.
A native of California, Derek is a current resident of Coronado.