Artist at the CBCB – when art & science meet.
THIS PART OF THE SITE IS CURRENTLY UNDER RECONSTRUCTION –
INTERACTIVE LABWORK WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING
“The art practice which the artist Derek Hill has set up with scientists of the University of Newcastle is remarkable for how it represents an unfaltering stream of exceptional work that Derek has produced since his time at the Royal College in the 1970s and the persistence that he has shown in linking his art production to collaborative projects with professional artists and non-professionals. When he left the Royal College and was travelling in Africa, Derek’s life was put in jeopardy by a bacterial infection. The experience has been a mainspring of his work over several decades, and it found a ready response from the university scientists. The resulting link of computer imaging with the organic nature of Derek’s art practice presents a remarkable opportunity for the creation of new and exciting artwork, and the engagement of university personnel, schools, and communities.”
John Millard. 2018 (former museum manager in Newcastle and Liverpool)
Artist at the CBCB: Hidden Kingdoms – Shifting Worlds
The advanced microscopy facility at the CBCB reunites me with a defining image of infection as a prevailing presence that continues to inform my perspective of life and painting practice. It prompts me to superimpose notions of identity, industry, mankind’s conflicts, and shifting landmass over the primary focus on cell function that I’ve elicited from over 6,000 hours of understanding process, culturing, and filming microbial behaviour in which their kingdom mirrors human civilisation.
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Hidden Kingdoms – Shifting Worlds
Below is a small selection of photographic studies of labwork from 2016/18 with paintings