Biography

Derrick Greaves is one of the most eminent British painters of the last half century. Greaves initially gained acclaim in the 1950s, when he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale along with the other 'Kitchen-Sink' painters with whom he was associated: John Bratby, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith.

His work has 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.

Derrick Greaves is represented by James Hyman Gallery.

 

1927
Born in Sheffield

1943-48
Apprenticed as a sign-writer

1948-52
Studied at the Royal College of Art

1952-54
Abbey Major Scholarships to study in Italy

1954-64
Taught part-time at St Martin's School of Art, London

1956
Represented Britain at the Venice Biennale (with John Bratby, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith)

1957
Visited USSR. Awarded Gold Medal for painting at Moscow Youth Festival.

Awarded prize at John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool

1960s
Taught part-time at Maidstone College of Art and Royal Academy Schools

1962
Awarded purchase prize in Belfast Open Painting Exhibition

1979
Visited Israel with nine other British artists to produce work for 'Israel Observed' project

1983-91
Head of Printmaking at Norwich School of Art


Lives and works in Norfolk.


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2015
Derrick Greaves. The Psychiatrist's Cat and Other Recent Paintings, James Hyman Gallery, London

2013
Derrick Greaves. All Blues, James Hyman Gallery, London

2012
Derrick Greaves. Milestones, James Hyman Gallery, London

2011
Flatworld. Recent Prints and Drawings by Derrick Greaves, James Hyman Gallery, London

Derrick Greaves. Paintings and Prints, School House Gallery, Norfolk

Derrick Greaves. Painting Beyond the Millennium, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

2010
Derrick Greaves. Nightingale and Other Recent Pictures, James Hyman Gallery, London

2008
Derrick Greaves: White Ground and Other Recent Paintings, James Hyman Gallery, London

2007
Derrick Greaves: From Kitchen-Sink to Shangri-La, James Hyman Gallery, London

2006
Pop Classical: Derrick Greaves Paintings from the 1970s, James Hyman Gallery, London

2005
Derrick Greaves: The Pleasures of Drawing, James Hyman Gallery, London

2003
Derrick Greaves: Paintings and Drawings 1952-2002, James Hyman Gallery, London

Derrick Greaves: New Prints, School House Gallery, Norfolk

2002
Derrick Greaves: Six Decades of Painting, Wingfield Arts Centre, Wingfield, Suffolk

2000
Derrick Greaves: Collage Drawings, Chappel Gallery, Essex

1999
Derrick Greaves: Drawing for Paintings, School House Gallery, Norfolk

1997
Derrick Greaves, King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich

Derrick Greaves, Hart Gallery, London

1996
Derrick Greaves, Galerie Daniel Wahrenberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1992
Derrick Greaves, King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich

1986
Derrick Greaves: Forty from Ten, Loughborough and tour

1980
Derrick Greaves: Retrospective Exhibition of Prints 1969-1980, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Derrick Greaves, Fischer Fine Art, London

Derrick Greaves: Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings 1953-1980, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield

1978
Derrick Greaves, Monika Kinley, London

Derrick Greaves, City Gallery, Milton Keynes

Derrick Greaves, Cranfield Institute of Technology

1977
Derrick Greaves, Monika Kinley, London

Derrick Greaves, City Gallery, Milton Keynes

1976
Derrick Greaves, Monika Kinley, London

Derrick Greaves, City Gallery, Milton Keynes

1975
Derrick Greaves, Monika Kinley, London

Derrick Greaves, City Gallery, Milton Keynes

1973
Derrick Greaves, Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford

Derrick Greaves, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Derrick Greaves, Monika Kinley, London

1972
Derrick Greaves, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast

Derrick Greaves, David Hendricks Gallery, Dublin
Derrick Greaves, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1970
Derrick Greaves, Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford

Derrick Greaves, Galleria La Citta, Verona, Italy

Derrick Greaves, Galleria La Citta, Padua, Italy

1969
Derrick Greaves, Institute of Contemporary Art, London

1963
Derrick Greaves, Zwemmer Gallery, London

1962
Derrick Greaves, Zwemmer Gallery, London

1960
Derrick Greaves, Zwemmer Gallery, London

1958
Derrick Greaves, Zwemmer Gallery, London

1955
Derrick Greaves, Beaux Arts Gallery, London

1953
Derrick Greaves, Beaux Arts Gallery, London


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2014
Variations on a Theme, James Hyman Gallery, London

2014
Twentieth Century British Art 2014, James Hyman Gallery, London

2013
Twentieth Century British Art 2013, James Hyman Gallery, London

2012
Twentieth Century British Art 2012, James Hyman Gallery, London

2012
The British Pavilion Reassessed. The 1956 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, James Hyman Gallery, London

2011
Beyond the Human Clay, James Hyman Gallery, London

2010
Modernist Realism. The School of London from Andrews to O'Donoghue, James Hyman Gallery, London

2009
Museum Quality. Important Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, James Hyman Gallery, London

2007
The Flower of Life, James Hyman Gallery, London

2006
Home and Away, James Hyman Gallery, London

Portraits, James Hyman Gallery, London

New Directions. Paintings and Drawings by Michael Andrews, Peter de Francia, Derrick Greaves and Robert Medley, James Hyman Gallery, London

2005
Fifty Years of British Landscape Painting, James Hyman Gallery, London

1996
Private Views, Contact Gallery, Norwich

Flowers in May, King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich

1994
Kitchen Sink and Other Drawings of the Fifties, Mayor Gallery, London

1993
Christmas Exhibition, King of Hearts Gallery, Norwich

Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

New Norfolk Drawings, King's Lynn Arts Centre

Open Exhibition, King's Lynn Arts Centre

1992
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

1991
The Kitchen Sink Painters, Mayor Gallery, London

Norfolk Portfolio, Castle Museum, Norwich

Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London

1990
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

1989
Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London

Portrait of the Artist, The Tate Gallery, London

1987
150th Anniversary Exhibition of Printmaking, Royal College of Art, London

Within these Shores. A Selection of Works from the Chantrey Bequest 1883 - 1985, Tate Gallery, London

1986
Generations Apart, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield

1984
British Artists'Books 1970-1983, Atlantis Gallery, London

The Forgotten Fifties, travelling exhibition

1980
The British Art Show, toured Sheffield, Newcastle and Bristol

1981
Israel Observed, Mall Galleries, London

1981
Books and Folios, Arts Council Touring Exhibition

1978
Exposicion International de la Plastica, Chile

1977
British Painting 1952-77, Royal Academy, London

1974
British Painting '74, Haymarket Gallery, London

1969
John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool

1964
Carnegie International Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

1963
British Painting in the 60s, Whitechapel Gallery, London

1961
John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool

1960
Guggenheim Selection, Pittsburgh / London

1959
John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool

1957
John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool
Looking at People, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Russia

1956
Contemporary Arts Society, London

British Pavilion. Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Selected Collections:

Arts Council Collection
Bank of Ireland, Dublin
Berado Collection, Sintra, Portugal
British Council
British Museum Collection
Castle Museum, Norwich
Chantrey Bequest
City of Milton Keynes Collection
Contemporary Arts Society
Cranfield College of Technology
Department of the Environment
Government Art Collection
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
IBM, New York
Johannesburg Public Gallery
Leeds Art Gallery
Leicestershire County Collection
Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin
New York Public Library
Norfolk Contemporary Arts Association
North Wales Association of Arts
Northwestern University, Chicago
Pembroke College, Oxford
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Public Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
Reading Art Gallery
Southampton Art Gallery
Tate Gallery, London
University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Wesleyan University, Chicago

Selected Publications:

Painting 1952 - 1977, Royal Academy, Catalogue, 1977

The British Art Show, toured Sheffield, Newcastle and Bristol, Catalogue, 1980

Derrick Greaves. Paintings 1953 - 80, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield, Catalogue, 1980

Israel Observed, An Exhibition by 10 British Artists, Catalogue, 1981

Books and Folios, Arts Council Touring Exhibition, Catalogue, 1981

British Artists' Books 1970-83, Atlantis Gallery, Catalogue, 1984

The Forgotten Fifties, Catalogue, 1984

Derrick Greaves - Forty from Ten, Loughborough and tour, Catalogue with text by Peter Wheeler, 1986

150th Anniversary Exhibition of Printmaking from the Royal College, Catalogue, 1987

Exhibition Road - Painters at the Royal College of Art, Phaidon-Christie's Ltd, 1988

Portrait of the Artist, Tate Gallery, 1989

Within these Shores - A Selection of Works from the Chantrey Bequest 1883 - 1985, Tate Gallery, Catalogue, 1989


The Kitchen Sink Painters, Mayor Gallery, London, Catalogue, 1993

New Norfolk Drawings, King's Lynn Arts Centre, Catalogue with text by Elspeth Barker, 1993

"Kitchen Sink School", Arts Review, 1994

"Except the Kitchen Sink, Derrick Greaves", Arts Review, June 1994

Kitchen Sink and other drawings of the Fifties, Mayor Gallery, London, Catalogue with text by Gail-Nina Anderson, 1994

"The Artist's Eye", Arts Review, 1997

"Artist's Profiles - Derrick Greaves", Print Making Today, 1997

The Battle for Realism, James Hyman, Yale University Press, 2001

Derrick Greaves. Paintings and Drawings 1952 -2002, James Hyman Gallery, Catalogue, 2003

Derrick Greaves. The Pleasures of Drawing, James Hyman Gallery, Catalogue, 2005

Derrick Greaves: From Kitchen-Sink to Shangri-La, James Hyman, Lund Humphries, 2007

Derrick Greaves. The Barley Bird: Notes on the Suffolk Nightingale, Richard Mabey, Full Circle Editions, 2010

Derrick Greaves. Milestones, James Hyman Gallery, Catalogue, 2012

Derrick Greaves. All Blues, James Hyman Gallery, Catalogue, 2013


Books and Folios:

Also, Seven screenprints with text by Roy Fisher, published by Tetrad Press, London 1972

The Songs of Bilitis, Suite of 25 screenprints, published by the Artist, 1977

The Sower as Self-Portrait, Homage to Van Gogh, A portfolio of screenprints and etchings, published by the Artist, 1986

Sanskrit Love Poems, Nine screenprints with text, published by Tetrad Press, 1987

Nightingale, A portfolio of prints, published by James Hyman Gallery, 2010

Enquiries: JAMES HYMAN GALLERY