Hidden Kingdoms – Shifting Worlds. Since 2015, Derek Hill has been coordinating his studio practice alongside his interactive lab work with scientists at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology, (CBCB) Newcastle University. The aim has been to develop artwork that reflects this unusual relationship for public exhibition under the working title: Hidden Kingdoms-Shifting Worlds. Hill’s selection of oil paintings accompanied by his film work with Dr Richard Daniel is soon to go on show to the public at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB), Baddily Clark Building, Newcastle University, NE2 4AX.
“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 1980s 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, (former museum manager in Newcastle and Liverpool)
Shortcuts: A full preview of current paintings 2021 from Hill’s studio: https://www.derekhill.co.uk/work/item/current-paintings-2021-3/
Preview the Flaw paintings archive – https://www.derekhill.co.uk/blog/flaw-a-series-preview/
Visit ‘Flaw’ paintings – Full series 1-6: https://www.derekhill.co.uk/work/cat/flaw/
Derek Hill Home page: https://www.derekhill.co.uk/
Of the project Hill has said:
In the end, all I want is to gain a greater understanding of what it means to survive and be alive today on what feels like a global battlefield. The CBCB’s research reveals a life vulnerability that can’t be prevented no matter how strong or sophisticated your defences are. In an ever-evolving dynamic of defence and offence, I see two worlds in conflict: rebuilding and knocking down walls. It’s a form of warfare that’s concealed from view, with no winners or losers but real-world effects. It transports me to another dimension, where it becomes a reflection of my own conflicts and relationship with the world, and where my feelings can only be properly processed and translated into the way I paint.
Introducing Shifting Worlds to the University faculties and science researchers at the CBCB – October 2019
Pre-arranged tours will be provided for members of the public who will be able to access Shifting Worlds through a simple online booking system. Large-scale paintings will be presented in the main reception area and on all 4 floors of the CBCB building in contrast to their world-renowned high tec research facility.
The paintings and AV films demonstrate years of interaction between Hill’s studio and the microbiology labs at Newcastle University’s Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB). The films are in the process of being produced for AV screening and 4K projections with sound.
Shifting Worlds – film sketches – works in progress: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEaXqBBNmccqIWlSfvFIDI9xUzy1doF3C
Film Shorts – Inside the painting studio: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQteKPuE8QuOHNERlXBbHc7deFr0kzv9k
Film Shorts – Inside the drawing studio – ‘traces’ – selections from books of drawings 2021: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQteKPuE8QuORYI52O525yG3WaZs80tAI
Full review of current work: https://www.derekhill.co.uk/work/item/current-paintings-2021-2/
Flash Art International review – visit: https://www.derekhill.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/FLASH.docx.pdf
Exhibitions/reviews – visit: https://www.derekhill.co.uk/reviews-exhibitions/
Early days at the CBCB: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/cbcb/about/engagement/
Below is a selection of work from 2020 and earlier. Paintings measure 2 x 2 metres approximately.