Press Release

02 February 2011

Sidney Cooper Gallery is delighted to host a spectacular exhibition in association with James Hyman Fine Art, as part of its new spring and summer season.

Image © Derrick Greaves, Vase with Falling Petal, 2009
Image © Derrick Greaves, Vase with Falling Petal, 2009

Paintings by Derrick Greaves, one of the most important British painters of the last half century, will be displayed at the gallery starting Saturday 5 February.

Derrick rose to prominence in the 1950s as a leading member of the ‘Kitchen Sink’ group. His work has developed from Social Realism to encompass new techniques that were born alongside the pop art movement of the 1960s.

The ’Beyond the Millennium’ exhibition will run until 26 February and it emphasises not only the artist's continuing creativity as a painter, but also the importance of print-making to his practice.

The paintings in this exhibition point in new directions and reveal the ways in which Greaves has introduced ‘flat painting’ as a method of expressing realist ideals combined with modernist preoccupations.

Derrick Greaves explained: “I noticed that if I was to re-evaluate the relationship between colours, tone and lines, so that all the elements could be equal, then I had to paint in the simplest, most direct way. I painted more flatly so that I could see what I was doing, so that I could judge proportions in a measured and objective way.”

The exhibition showcases examples of major paintings since the millennium including the Shangri La series, his white ground and black ground paintings, and large scale charcoal drawings on canvas.

The gallery’s new series of exhibitions continues this Spring with ‘The Improbable Curve’, the Creative Campus Initiative, between 26 March and 2nd of April. The initiative was designed for creative staff and students across Higher Education Institutions in the South East. Canterbury Christ Church University is proud to present the outcome of their collaborative approach in this unique exhibition.

In April, a multitude of print works will be displayed as part of the ‘London & New York
Flowers Editions’ exhibition between 9 and 30 April. This show is held in association with Flowers gallery in London.

For more information on the exhibitions, please visit or call 01227 453 267.

The Sidney Cooper Gallery opening times are: Tuesday to Friday 11am – 5.30pm and Saturday 12noon – 5.30pm.


Notes to Editor

February – July 2011 at Sidney Cooper Gallery

5 Feb – 26 Feb - Derrick Greaves, ‘Painting beyond the Millennium’
26t Mar - 2 Apr - The Improbable Curve, The Creative Campus Initiative
9 Apr - 30 Apr – London & New York, Flowers Editions
28 May – 11th Jun - BA Degree Show
30 Jun – 14th Jul – ‘In The Making’, PGCE Exhibition

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