Derrick Greaves is a painter of figure subjects, landscapes and still life. Born in 1927 in Sheffield, he was apprenticed for five years to a sign-writer and also attended evening classes. Greaves won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied 1948–52. He won a traveling scholarship to Italy 1952–3 where he met Guttuso and other Italian Realists. His First one-man exhibition was at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1953. His work was shown with that of Jack Smith, Bratby and Middleditch in the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 1956. In 1957 he visited the Soviet Union 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. He taught painting at the St Martin’s School of Art.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964.
Derrick Greaves ‘Easel’
‘A Woman and a Man’ screen print by Derrick Greaves