Oils are my preferred medium. Most of my work is conceived on-site, looking to capture the light, atmosphere and mood of the day by careful observation of tone and colour relationships. Paintings are either finished on-site or used as a springboard for working larger in the studio.
I am attracted to images that have a strong abstract underpinning and I like to paint by finding the negative and positive shapes which gradually reveal the image. It could be a particular light that transforms an otherwise ordinary subject into something exciting or a flat light which can be eye-catching, with various close tones that are always an enjoyable challenge.
Much of my site work is painted on board as it is robust and easily transportable. I work in a wide range of sizes and formats. If travelling by car, I tend to take a spare frame so I can place the painting in the frame and assess progress whilst working.
Derek lives in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire. Having spent his earlier life in the construction industry in senior management roles, Derek decided to pursue painting full time in 1993 encouraged by acceptance into various open exhibitions at Mall Galleries and Bankside Gallery.
In 1999, Derek started showing with W.H. Patterson in London where he was to spend a successful twelve years exhibiting in their five & six-man shows, Venice in Peril Annual Show and other mixed exhibitions. Derek has continued his passion for painting with a range of subject matter including a rekindled interest of the industrial landscape.
Wapping Group of Artists
2009 Daler Rowney Painting Award - Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries London
Royal Institute of Oil Painters - Mall Galleries, London
Wapping Group of Artists, Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of British Artists - Mall Galleries, London
Peter Barker Fine Art, Uppingham
Marylebone Fine Art, London
Minster Gallery, Winchester (Wapping Group of Artists)
Henley Royal Regatta, Henley-on-Thames
Chris Beetles, London (Wapping Group of Artists)
Bankside Gallery, London
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey
The Arts Club, Dover Street, London
St David’s Hall Foyer Gallery, Cardiff
Island Fine Arts, Isle of Wight