Derek Dickinson, born in 1960, originates from Plymouth in south west England. In 1970 the family moved to St Germans a small rural village in Cornwall. After leaving school Derek studied to become a hairstylist, leading to a successful career including a teaching position at Plymouth College.
In 1983 Derek relocated to London and worked as a designer and stylist in film, photography, television, video and performance, as an assistant director on music videos, and was also engaged in artist management and PR. His work was wide-ranging, predominantly associated with the music industry, working with various artists including Kiki Dee, Annie Lennox, Shakespeare’s Sister, Morrissey, Elton John, and Rod Stewart. He has worked throughout Europe and toured the USA, Australia, Japan, and Brazil.
After returning to the South West Derek completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts at Plymouth University in 2010, and in 2019 began studying for an MA Contemporary Art Practice. He currently resides in a remote farm cottage on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate and has an atelier in Plymouth’s historic Laira Battery.
Derek has exhibited work in numerous solo and collaborative shows in London, Berlin and south west England, and has works in permanent collections in the USA, Canada, South Korea, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and Germany.
"Over the past few years I have worked predominantly in monochrome. In effect removing all colour, working in white, with occasional tones of grey and pure black. More recently I have introduced colour. Using unique reliefs of muslin to create form, revealing eclectic, emotional expression through contorts of paint soaked fabric. Expressionistic yet controlled, muslin is thrown repeatedly and teased until the ethos of the piece is revealed."