Derek graduated Wolverhampton University with a BA (Hons) Fine Art in 1986, followed by an MA in 1999. He taught Art in schools, colleges and universities before becoming a curator and exhibition designer, working at a number of museums and galleries including Tate Modern, London. His work, both in education and the arts and heritage sector, has been recognised with a number of national awards, most recently a Museum & Heritage Excellence Award and the Interpret Britain Award, both celebrating Derek’s work on temporary exhibitions at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
My intricate photorealistic portraits are drawn onto delicate materials which are then subjected to a process that could potentially destroy them, reflecting the sometimes uneasy relationship we have between order and chaos. The unique, precarious and unpredictable techniques used to create my work can be seen as a metaphor of the acceptance of imperfection and also being aware that sometimes external factors have an influence on what we do and how we react.