Derek Robertson



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The Hairst Dance. Watercolour and collage. 70 x 50 cm

The Silver Tay. Watercolour. 70 x 50cm


Derek has a fascination with history, archaeology, natural history and found objects, transient artefacts and hidden layers of metaphor and narrative. These are integrated into his paintings and installations to become a fusion of personal experience and a portrait of both cultural and natural landscape.


Derek Robertson BA RSW SSA SAA

Derek Robertson was born in St Andrews, Scotland in 1967 and works from his studio in Fife. He has been a full time, professional artist since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College, Dundee, in 1989 with a BA (hons) in Drawing and Painting. His narrative paintings, assemblages and installations have been exhibited widely to critical acclaim. Inspired by the wildlife and wild places that he explores, they also depict a fusion of personal experience and the portrayal of images from the natural world. His interests have led him to write books and articles (Highland Sketchbook, Harper Collins; A Studio Under The Sky, Woodlands Studios and "Artist Sketchbook" series plus numerous press and magazine articles including instructional pieces for "Artists and Illustrators" magazine) and write and present a number of programs for television (Grampian, BBC and STV including the series "Portrait of the Wild" and "Drawn From Wild Places"). He exhibits work in galleries around the world and his paintings, prints and publications are held in private collections in over 50 countries as well as numerous public collections including those of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, The Tate Galleries artist book collection, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum USA, and the Scotland Office in London. Derek is a professional member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (and is elected to their Council), the Society of Scottish Artists (has served on their selection and hanging committees), the Aberdeen Art Society (serving on their Council, selection and hanging committees) and is elected a signature member to the American Society of Animal Artists. Derek has won the Pat Holmes Memorial Prize, The Guthrie Orchar Prize, the RSW Small Painting Prize (2010), RSW Glasgow Art Club Foundation (2011), RSW John Gray Award (2012), short listed for the Royal Over Seas Biennial Award and medal winner at the Wildlife Art Society annual exhibition. His book was nominated for the McVities prize and his TV series for an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Group Exhibitions: Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. Society of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh. RSW Edinburgh. Royal Glasgow Institute. Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh. 369 Gallery, Edinburgh. Trinity College, Cambridge. Ancrum Gallery, Scottish Borders. Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow. Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen. The Meffan Institute, Forfar. The Mall Galleries, London. The Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven. Barrack Street Museums, Dundee. Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh. Kellie Lodging Gallery, Fife. Dundee Printmakers’ Workshop. Travelling exhibitions in USA, Scandinavia and Japan. Website exhibitions with Dundee University and the Smithsonian Museum, USA. Glasgow Art Club.

Recent one-man shows: The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool 2008. St Fergus Museum, Wick 2008. Stirling Smith Museum, Stirling 2009. Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife. Fife Contemporary Arts and Crafts 2012. He has previously held solo shows in several venues in the UK including London, Edinburgh and a show in Washington DC in the USA.

Recent projects include-

“Ruairidh agus Ruairidh Eile” collaborative project with poet and writer in residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Rody Gorman, Skye 2010 and Stanza poetry festival St Andrews 2012 (Including Festival and Brochure designs)
"Backwater Republic". A collaborative project with writers and artists supported by Dundee Contemporary Arts. 2012.
"Life-Lines". An installation project specially commissioned by the Cupar Arts Festival October 2013. Collaboration with other artists, writers and musicians.
"Memory of Tides". Year of Natural Scotland Artist Residency 2013 - Derek is currently working on a major project as artist in residence for Scottish Natural Heritage at the Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve including a series of exhibitions across Scotland, a publication, virtual exhibition, community projects and an outreach project with local art college.

Websites Derek's website Residency project