Approved: 16.08.2006

Derek Carruthers

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
Although my recent work is figurative, I am aware of my background as an abstract artist and see my paintings as constructions. Researching the tradition of figure composition has led to experiments with the possibility of interpretation and presentation for the 'now' in which we find ourselves. This has taken the form of the use of groups of lay figures or mannequins as symbols and metaphors

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  • Location: Harston, East Midlands
 

Biography

Concepts Although my recent work is figurative, I am aware of my background as an abstract artist and see my paintings as constructions. Researching the tradition of figure composition has led to experiments with the possibility of interpretation and presentation for the 'now' in which we find ourselves. This has taken the form of the use of groups of lay figures or mannequins as symbols and metaphors to parallel aspects of the human condition. The sexless, ageless, raceless anonymity of the figures make them excellent symbols of humankind. Inside the controlled compositions, in the hermetic and circumscribed world the figures inhabit all sort of situations and narratives can be played out. The possibilities seem endless.Influences The human figure, Aesthetic/Formal Concerns, History; own cultural identity (English, British); own gender (Male); Sexual Identity (Heterosexual)Career path I studied art under Victor Pasmore and Richard Hamilton at the Fine Art Department of Durham University - now part of the University of Newcastle. From the New Contemporaries to the John Moores, Liverpool I have shown in many mixed shows and had several solo exhibitions. I have also had several large scale commissions. My early influence was Pasmore and my constructivist work was included in Arts Council shows etc. Eventually I felt restricted by the rigours of formalism and images and words crept into my work. I had been employed in art education since graduation but left my Professorship at Nottingham Trent University to concentrate on the development of my work and ideas. Publications: 2004 Derek Carruthers, Figuring Art, Akros Publications, ISBN 0 86142 150 7 1999 Photos of Work and Statement, two pages, Exhibit A, Magazine 1988 Exhibitions of Paintings 1985-1988, Derek Carruthers 1985 Haunting Monuments, Derek Carruthers 1979 Artisan, Akros Publications 1965 Mobile Sculpture, Drian Gallery, London

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2005 - Figuring Art, Newark Town Hall 2002 - Figurative Constructions, Islington Arts Factory, London 1997 - Groucho Club, London 1995 - Pattern of Life, St Marys Exhibition Centre, Nottingham 1992 - Water Colours, Nottingham University (Club) 1988 - Paintings 1985-1988, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 1985 - Haunting Monuments, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham 1985 - Haunting Monuments, Showroom, London Group exhibitions 2008 - Surface Gallery Nottingham Open Show, Surface Gallery, Mansfield Road Nottingham 2004 - LS Lowry & Those He Inspired, Gallery 27, London 2003 - Eastern Open 2002 - Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, London 2002 - Metropolis, Karen Taylor Art Gallery, London 2000 - Eastern Open 2000 1997 - Mind Sports Olympiad Exhibition, Festival Hall, London 1996 - Cheltenham International Open Drawing, Cheltenham 1993 - Innovart, Leicester Art Gallery 1992 - British Abstract Art of the 50's an 60's, Belgrave Gallery, London 1988 - Nottingham Arts Festival, Nottingham 1986 - Camden Annual, Camden Arts Centre, London 1985 - Midland View 3, Touring