Born 1940 Birmingham into
a creative family : father a craftsman/sculptor, mother an
embroidress, sister a jeweller. Studied Newcastle University
1958-63, Chelsea School of Art 1963-64 MA Fine Art. Head
of Sculpture, Norwich School of Art & Design 1971-90.
Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and its
President 1998-2004. Lives and works in Norfolk, UK.
Derek says of his work : Days spent in my father’s
workshop as a child initiated me into the mysteries of casting
shapes – the hollow (empty) mould filled with
the solid material, the space becoming an echo of the shape
and vice versa.
I have been concerned with this intriguing
state of affairs all my working life. Recently, I have deliberately
reduced my catalogue of forms to simple geometry, implicated
as it is in the structural underpinning of all matter, so
a common and universal language. The fall of light on forms
is the means by which we understand them. I am researching
the introduction of integral light sources into my sculptures
in order to amplify the essential qualities of shapes and
to establish the possibility of illusion. A new and exciting
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