DiRu Designs represent the eclectic art works of Dimples Gibbs, Ruby Johnny, and Calvert Johnny,
paintings are reflective of the many circumstances that appear in life, past and present. Ms. Gibbs artistic abilities started as a child growing up in Queens, New York.
Those talents were hidden for many decades and are now revealing themselves here in Durham, North Carolina. She is a co-owner in DiRu Designs along with Ruby & Calvert Johnny. As DiRu Designs we create art using a multitude of mediums including recycled materials, but her choice medium is watercolor. This year her paintings were on exhibit at the Skylight Gallery in Hillsborough, NC featuring 'Queens' DiRu Designs debut exhibit. Recently she had her work showcased and well received in Washington, DC at the Kankouran West African Dance Conference. We are active members of the Durham Craft Market.
has been painting for many years, her preferred medium is acrylic on canvas, but she has also experimented with wood, metal and glass. Ms Johnny’s study of West African culture especially music and dance, spirituality and healing, inspire the subject of much of her work. Ms. Johnny’s use of bold colors, dots and shapes give her paintings both texture and depth. Her abstract paintings create joy, introspection, self-expression and an emotional awakening. Ruby has always felt that art is an important part of personal, social and universal growth and change.
Ms Johnny’s current goal is to continue to blossom as an artist through study, developing her technique and researching the use of various recycled materials in her work. As part of DiRu Designs she had her debut showing of “Queens” at Skylight Gallery in March this year. Ruby most recently displayed her work at Kankouran West African Dance and Drum Conference in Washington DC. Ms Johnny can always be found on Saturdays at the craft market in Downtown Durham. She will be also participating in the Dtown market, Homestead festival, Psychic festival and upcoming holiday events.
Born in St.Vincent, Caribbean, to the Prince Family
Background and training
Calvert Johnny gives all praises to his mother and father who have passed on their gift of creativity, and also the village and culture that continue to motivate and inspire his pieces.
He is a versatile Artist who considers himself a “channel” and has not only been painting at a very early age, but has worked with many different mediums. He began with acrylic then later fell in love with oil. His current theme is “faces”, faces carry a database of our past and present, but his passion is in capturing the spirit or drive of his subjects.
Exhibitions and festivals
In the summer of 2005 Calvert collaborated with well know artist Adrienne Cruz to paint a beautiful mural on the east wall of the Multnomah Community Center in Portland, Oregon. The mural which is visible by many gives Calvert a great sense of pride However, Mr. Johnny’s heart is most touched by the many homes his paintings decorate, and hopes to expand as he partners with DiRu Designs. You can find his work at the vending section at the Durham Saturday market, and other related events.