A lifetime’s creativity showcased at Bassetlaw Museum

A lifetime’s creativity showcased at Bassetlaw Museum

A snapshot of artworks created over six decades by a retired Retford arts teacher is going on show at Bassetlaw Museum.

The exhibition titled “From Pets to Portugal” features oil paintings created by Derrick Spence and covers a wide range of themes with a special focus on animals and landscapes.

Derrick Spence said: I’m delighted to have the opportunity to showcase my work once again at Bassetlaw Museum. These oil paintings were challenges to me, each one in different ways.

“As the title of the exhibition suggests, it covers a diverse range of subjects requiring some alternative methods of painting skills.”

Derrick spent 32 years in the teaching profession, working with 11–18-year-olds teaching all manner of artistic styles and media.

Since retiring he’s built his own studio in his garden, where he’s found more time to concentrate on developing his skills and has produced a selection of new artworks covering broad range of themes.

Kasia Wosiak, Collections Officer at Bassetlaw Museum said: “Derrick's artworks beautifully capture the rugged charm of the British coastline and the scenic beauty of the Algarve, a destination close to his heart.

“As a member of the Society of Animal Artists, he skilfully portrays the essence and personality of animals including wild cats and dogs. Amongst other paintings, there are two striking pieces depicting a ballerina, the expressiveness of her movement and fluidity of her floating dress.”

The exhibition runs until Saturday 29th June at Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford and is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4:30pm. Admission is free.


Last Updated on Wednesday, May 22, 2024