Derek Brown was born in London in 1924 and sees his painting as a second professional career. Following five years of active military service he continued with his educational pursuits, graduating as a dentist in 1952. With help from Heatherley School of Fine Art he developed his natural artistic abilities and started working towards a successful artistic career to second his work in dentistry.
Many of the artist�s influences stem from the support given to him by the Australian impressionist Hayward Veal, who encouraged him to paint landscapes and still life using oils. Derek�s love of all things colourful led to experimentations with other types of media including gouache and watercolours. This fascination with colour naturally led to the specialist area of floral subjects. These now feature prominently in his artwork in which he plays with soft colourings in a delightfully delicate impressionist style.
Exhibitions have become a regular occurrence and many of the artist�s works have been professionally featured at London�s Mall Gallery, Guildhall Gallery and The Royal Institute of Painters Annual Exhibition, not to mention many other galleries throughout mainland Europe. This welcomed publicity has had an extremely positive effect on his works and reputation, the steep increase in popularity making Derek Brown one of the finest artists to star in this genre.
His work has been described as having great individuality; his subtle colour blending said to bring fond memories of the traditional country gardens that so many people once enjoyed. His views could not be more reflective of this:
�There are many ways of painting flowers. Some artists concern themselves with the depiction of botanical detail and their results are superb. My interest is in creating an impression to give the viewer the sensation experienced when looking at a vase of flowers. A painting should always remind us of past pleasure"
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