Derrick Greaves From Kitchen Sink to Shangri-La

1 - 22 June 2007

Coinciding with Derrick Greaves's eightieth birthday on 5 June, James Hyman Gallery is proud to be staging an exhibition in three parts that encompasses the whole of the artist's career.

Part I
Derrick Greaves The Early Work 1945 -1965

Including major oil paintings, as well as drawings, from the artist's celebrated 'kitchen-sink' period. In addition to works loaned from Private Collections, a number of pictures will be for sale.

Part II
Derrick Greaves The Middle Years 1965 - 1985

Including some of the most important painting-collages of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which have, until now, been retained by the artist.

Part III
Derrick Greaves Recent Paintings 1985 - 2007

Including new paintings and some of the most fantastic and intensely coloured pictures of the artist's career.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the publication by Lund Humphries of the first major book on the artist, Derrick Greaves From Kitchen-Sink to Shangri-La, which will be launched at the private view on 31 May.

New book

by James Hyman.

Derrick Greaves (b.1927) is one of the most important 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.

This new book is the first to trace Greaves's entire career to date, providing insights into how his work developed from the social realism of the 1950s to a more heraldic style that paralleled 1960s Pop Art.

This major new book provides a broadly chronological account of the artist's life and work, tracing his years in Sheffield, London, Italy, Woburn and Norwich. It explores the development of Greaves's imagery, from paintings based on nature and observable fact to more studio-bound imaginative constructs.

The book places the artist in the context of his contemporaries, such as the realists of the 1950s and the Pop artists of the 1960s.

DERRICK GREAVES is represented by James Hyman Gallery