Derek Hill works on up to ten paintings at a time - all of which are made on canvas prepared on a stretcher of wood and board, often laid flat on the floor. Hill's process of painting combines industrial paint and solvents with oil painting. As the result, the canvases develop rich luminous quality, appearing almost three dimensional and become transformed under both natural and artificial light.
Hill's practice presents the paradox of the industrial processes, which involves using toxic and combustible materials, to achieve something alive and organic. Hill presents a unique vision of abstraction in painting that explores the artist's unenviable task of pursuing the art of perfection.
Derek Hill is the co-founder and lead artist of the Art Studio, Sunderland, where he has been based since 1986.