Bassetlaw Museum

by | 16 June 2024 | Art, Community facility, Retford

Derrick Spence returns to Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford, with a retrospective exhibition of oil paintings titled ‘From Pets to Portugal’, open until Saturday 29th June. This series of artworks, produced over a time span of six decades, covers a wide range of subjects with a special focus on animals and landscapes.

Derrick is fascinated by big cats, especially tigers, but smaller animals, sometimes in the form of commissions or gifts, are another source of subjects. Other favourite themes include scenic landscapes of the Algarve and Portugal, along with the beautiful East Coast of Britain.
Derrick is a retired art teacher who spent 32 years in the profession, teaching 11 to 18-year-olds all manner of artistic styles and media. Originally from the West Riding of Yorkshire, Derrick trained at Eaton Hall College of Education in North Nottinghamshire.

Detailed pen and ink work is a trademark style of his, often followed by adding a watercolour wash. Having helped build a studio in his garden, Derrick has been able to concentrate more time on developing his oil painting skills. Now, with a designated studio, he has produced a selection of oil paintings covering a wide range of subjects.