About

Derek Hill is a painter/printmaker based in the North East of England. He has a painting and printmaking studio.

“Derek Hill works like an alchemist.  His studio is a magical place where he conducts his experiments.  It is a cavernous roof space with alcoves and wooden stairways on every side.  Overhead is a tangle of huge wooden beams with an occasional fluttering pigeon, and in the middle is a great irregular space.  Paintings are everywhere.  They lean in stacks in all directions.  They are slotted in rows into every alcove.  They cover the floor on sheets of polythene.  On the narrow strips between them are pots and tools, and there’s not much room to walk.

Derek’s alchemy consists in making combinations from his remarkable storehouse of materials, and in deploying his immense compendium of techniques.  His images are drawn, poured, and painted in a meticulous sequence of actions balancing chance and control.  Some of his canvases are like microscopic biological processes expanded to a massive size.  Others appear to be vast geographical processes made to happen in a few square feet.  They are lucid and mysterious, generous and intense, majestic and, literally, wonderful.” – John Millard

Hill is currently developing his practice alongside scientists at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, (CBCB) at Newcastle University to produce new artwork that is inspired by the, “hitherto hidden microbial kingdom”. It is being developed for a future programme of public activities, including exhibitions and workshops.

CBCB Newcastle University, http://www.ncl.ac.uk/cbcb/about/engagement/derek

Derek Hill founded the Art Studio, Sunderland in 1986 and was its director and artistic lead for more than 25 years until 2012. His work with people with mental issues was trail-blazing and inspirational, and for which he has achieved widespread critical acclaim, including a national recognition award for his work from; the Daily Telegraph/Association of Business Sponsors of the Arts Awards (ABSA).

He was instrumental in securing commendations for the Art Studio from both the Prudential Arts Awards and the; “BBC National Arts Awards”. Through Hill’s work, the Studio featured in a number of, independent/ regional/national televised documentaries, most notably; BBC 1’s, “IT’S MY CITY”, and ITV’s, “INNER CITY ART“.

In 1996, Hill was commissioned, by the Arts Council of England and the City of Sunderland to produce, “book”, a large mobile, stainless steel installation he made in collaboration with Nissan, as part of: “Visual Arts Initiatives UK” awarded to the North East of England.

His paintings and printmaking are featured in several private and public collections, including that of the Imperial War Museum.His work has also featured in a number of regional/national publications, including; The Observer magazine; and the North East’s official publication; “Year of Visual Arts UK”, and more recently his painting has featured in periodicals such as, Living North, and also, in the international online art magazine, Flash Art International.

Hill has shown work in galleries in, London, Paris, and Belgrade and has had solo exhibitions of his paintings and printmaking, including at; the Imperial War Museum, London, and more recently at; the Place, Sunderland; the Miles Meehan Gallery, Darlington; and in the Bracknell Gallery, at South Hill Park Art Centre, Bracknell.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1982, Hill undertook a number of fellowships and residencies in establishments including; Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln; the Artescape Trust, Lincoln; and for Bedford County Council.

His paintings and printmaking are featured in several private and public collections, including that of the Imperial War Museum, London and the North of England Museum Service, Newcastle.

He has held posts of visiting lecturer at a number of colleges in the UK including;  Falmouth School of Art;  the School of Art & Design, Kingston upon Thames University;  the School of Art & Design, Coventry; the College of Art, Staffordshire University, Stoke on Trent; and The Lincoln School of Art&Design, Lincoln University.

He was also invited to give seminars on his working practice in Barcelona and San Sebastian.

He continues his art practice independently and lives in Newcastle on Tyne, England.

Derek Hill founded the Art Studio, Sunderland in 1986 and was its director and artistic lead for more than 25 years until 2012. His work with people with mental issues was trail-blazing and inspirational, and for which he has achieved widespread critical acclaim.