Derrick Greaves 1927-2022

Painter of figure subjects, landscapes and still life. Born 5 June 1927 in Sheffield. He was apprenticed for five years to a sign-writer and also attended evening classes. Greaves won a Scholarship to the R.C.A. where he studied from 1948-52; he then won a travelling Scholarship to Italy 1952-3 where he met Guttuso and other Italian Realists. His first one-man exhibition was held at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1953. His work was shown with that of Jack Smith, Bratby and Middleditch in the British Pavilion, Venice Biennale in  1956. Greaves visited the Soviet Union in 1957 and participated with seven other English artists in the exhibition Looking at People in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Painting at Moscow Youth Festival, and a special prize in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 1957. Has taught painting at the St Martin's School of Art since 1955.


Born in Sheffield

Apprenticed as a sign-writer

Studied at the Royal College of Art

Abbey Major Scholarships to study in Italy

Taught part-time at St Martin's School of Art, London

Represented Britain at the Venice Biennale (with John Bratby, Edward Middleditch and Jack Smith)

Visited USSR. Awarded Gold Medal for painting at Moscow Youth Festival.

Awarded prize at John Moore's Exhibition, Liverpool

Taught part-time at Maidstone College of Art and Royal Academy Schools

Awarded purchase prize in Belfast Open Painting Exhibition

Visited Israel with nine other British artists to produce work for 'Israel Observed' project

Head of Printmaking at Norwich School of Art