Derrick Greaves b.1927

An eminent British painter and printmaker, greaves was born in Sheffield, and after initially training as a sign-writer he progressed through his art studies to the Royal College of Art 1948-52. He lived in Italy during 1952-53 and became influenced by the Social Realism art of Renato Guttuso. In the 1950s he became a leading light in the “Kitchen Sink”  school depicting the dour realities of life in a post war and industrialised Sheffield. In 1959 he turned away from this and influenced by the Pop Art of the 1960s moved towards a more abstract, graphic approach working in flat colour and line. He taught at several art schools, founding and heading the print-making department at Norwich College of Art 1983-91. His work is held by the Tate Gallery and other leading art institutions.