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About Derek Hare
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Having studied commercial art at Sunderland Art College, he became a professional painter in 1965. Derek moved away from the north of England at that time, first living in the Channel Islands before moving to London, where he still lives most of the time. Having begun to establish himself in the early 70’s, he spent time in Sweden, Norway and Northern Germany, where he lived for some time on an island in the Baltic Sea, exhibiting widely in these locations as well as in UK. Throughout the 80’s, his reputation became much more established, particularly in Germany, where many of his main collectors, both private and corporate, still are to this day.
In 1989, Derek revisited Portugal, a country he first saw in the early 80’s. Here, the crashing Atlantic breakers on the ruggedly beautiful West Coast, north of Cape St Vincent, inspired many paintings of long, dramatic beaches, often wreathed in sea-fret. Also, the seasons cause fascinating changes to the rock formations along the sands, as winter storms erode the shale and granite cliff faces.
About the same time, the Bahamian island of Abaco provided a totally different source of material, the shallow, iridescent water demanding exciting changes in his palette. He spends several months each year in the islands.
Spending several months of the year out of the UK, visiting these locations, as well as trips to India, Morocco, the Seychelles and many other places in his search for new material, whilst also preparing work for exhibitions and commissions, keeps Derek very busy. As a painter mainly of landscape and marine subjects, he is always happiest on or near the ocean. Fortunately, he has been able to tailor his lifelong passion of oil painting and combine it with his second love, the sea. In the UK, Scottish and East Anglian coastlines, together with northern moorlands and Northumbrian beaches, figure strongly in his work, providing dramatic contrast to his more exotic locations.
is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and undertakes painting commissions
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