Derrick Greaves - Artist

At the end of last year we viewed the wonderful Derrick Greaves pieces that are on display at the Graves Gallery in Sheffield . They have some wonderful early work by this local artist held in their most amazing collection of modern British art , that is a must see if you are ever nearby.

Derrick Greaves was born in Sheffield and apprenticed for over 5 years as a sign-writer before studying at the Royal College of Art between 1948 and 1952 he also taught at St Martin's School of Art, London before then representing Britain at the Venice Biennale (with John Bratby, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith) In the 1960s he taught part-time at Maidstone College of Art and Royal Academy School.

His work developed from the social realism of the 1950s to a more heraldic style that paralleled 1960s Pop Art, from an imagery based on nature and observable fact to more studio-bound imaginative constructs. There was also a period of transition during the late 1950s when he moved away from the “too descriptive” Italian paintings . Greaves was influenced by Georges Braques late paintings and the still life paintings of this period are dominated by large pieces which achieved positive reviews - particularly the 1960 show at Zwemmer Gallery

Derrick Greaves now lives and works in Norfolk.