Derrick Greaves

1939 - 2020

Painter and printmaker, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Between 1943-48 he was apprenticed as a sign-writer and soon after attended the RCA, London winning the coveted Abbey Major Scholarship in 1954. This afforded him the opportunity to study in Italy where he worked from 1953-53. Greaves held his first solo exhibition at Beaux Arts Gallery, London in 1953 and another followed two years later. He became known as one of the Beaux Arts Quartet, later to be known as the Kitchen Sink School, but he later exchanged the gritty realism of his early style for a more distilled form of image-making, closer in style to that of Patrick Caulfield than any realist.