Artist biography

Derrick GREAVES b. 1927

Painter of figure subjects, landscapes and still life. Born 5 June 1927 in Sheffield. Was apprenticed for five years to a sign-writer and also attended evening classes. Won a Scholarship to the R.C.A. where he studied 1948–52; Travelling Scholarship to Italy 1952–3; met Guttuso and other Italian Realists. First one-man exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1953. His work was shown with that of Jack Smith, Bratby and Middleditch in the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 1956. Visited the Soviet Union 1957 and participated with seven other English artists in the exhibition Looking at People in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow. Awarded Gold Medal for Painting at Moscow Youth Festival, and a special prize in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 1957. Has taught painting at the St Martin's School of Art since 1955.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I