Robertson, Derek

Elected to RSW 2011

Artists Statement

Derek is inspired by direct sketching in the field and sees his work as a process - from brief and characterful field studies done outdoors to contemplative paintings produced in the studio which lead to more reflective and imaginative work drawing on elements of nature, folklore, rural-industrial archaeology and personal experience. He often works in collage, assemblage and installations - frequently on projects in collaboration with scientists, environmentalists and other creative practitioners. His work is concentrating more on engagement with environmental subjects and the development of a creative and collaborative approach to his work.


Working from his studio in Balmerino, Fife, Derek has been a professional artist since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in 1989. He exhibits work in galleries around the world and his paintings are held in private collections in more than 50 countries as wellas in numerous public collections. He was elected as a signature member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists in the USA, and a professional member of the Society of Scottish Artists. He is regularly featured in press, radio and television. His first book, "Highland Sketchbook" was nominated for the McVities Prize. He has written and presented a number of TV programmes including a four part series, "Drawn From Wild Places" which was nominated for a Scottish Bafta and an award at the Cannes Film Festival.


RSW - John Grat Award
RSW - Small Painting Award
RSW - Glasgow Art Club Fellowship
Medal Winner, The Wildlife Art Society
Winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 "Visions of Nature" Award

Selected Exhibitions

"Between Tides" Exhibitions and events produced as official Artist in Residence at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve as part of Year of Natural Scotland. 2013 - 2014
"Environmental Impact". Inclusion in this curated group exhibition visiting 8 venues in the USA. 2013 - 2015
"Lifelines". Installation for the Cupar Arts Festival 2013. Collaborative work with artist Deirdre Robertson, film-maker Lyndsay Brown, the School of Scottish Studies and singers including Sheena Wellington.
"Ruairidh agus Ruairidh Eile". Collection of paintings in collaboration with poet Rody Gorman - writer in residence at Sabhal Mòr Gaelic College.
Exhibitionsin Skye and at Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts, St Andrews, as part of STanza International Poetry Festival. 2011 - 2012.

Public Collections

Dundee University
Fife Council
Bristish Trust for Ornithology
Dundee Museums and Galleries
The Fifth Business, Aberdeen
The Scotland Office, London
The Tate Gallery artists' books collection
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wisconsin USA
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
STV Scottish Television

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