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Ep.188 Demetrio “Dee” Kerrison. Born in Harlem, NY, he now resides in Los Angeles. In 2001, after visiting the Studio Museum of Harlem to view an exhibition titled “Freestyle” curated by Thelma Golden and Christine Y. Kim, he began building an art collection with a particular focus on African Diasporic artists.

Since then, Dee and his wife Gianna Drake Kerrison have built an eclectic contemporary art collection that foregrounds emerging and ultra-contemporary figurative painters. Abstract, sculpture, conceptual, and photographic works are also featured in the collection.

They are active patrons and sit on many art-focused boards, both past and present, including the William H. Johnson Foundation, Mistake Room, Noah Purifoy Foundation, the Hammer Museum Board of Advisors, and the Mike Kelly Foundation.

Demetrio Dee Kerrison

Gianna Drake Kerrison

Hammer Museum

Cultured Magazine

Future Fairs

LA Times

NY Times


Gallery Platform LA


Noah Purifoy Foundation

Anthony Akinbola
Untitled, 2022

Kwesi Botchway
Untitled, 2021

Esiri Erheriene-Essi
The Day Trippers, 2021

Ludovic Inkoth
Black Skies, 2021