Deryck Henley



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Annie - 25 Minute Charcoal Sketch

Selfie with new glasses - Oils

Giosue - 20 Minute Charcoal Sketch

Alisdair - Oils

Ilona - Oils

Susannah - Oils


After a long break I have returned to my love of figurative drawing and painting. I regularly run life drawing sessions in Selkirk and help out at various life drawing clubs in Edinburgh.

I enjoy the ‘immediacy’ of creating bold lines while retaining the character of the sitter and can be occasionally seen at various Arts Festivals drawing portraits.


I suppose I could be called a relapsed artist…

Working as a self-taught artist from the late 1960’s, creating figurative work in pencil and batik, I had my first exhibition at the Royal Exchange in London in 1970, a shared exhibition with John Piper. This was shortly followed by my first one man show in Delft in 1971. Over the following years I regularly travelled doing commissions and exhibiting in Europe plus one show in the USA.

As time went by and offspring appeared, it was necessary to find employment and feed a growing family. Starting with teaching art in a private girls school (not dissimilar to St. Trinian’s), I found a job heading a design team creating textiles. Then in the late 1980’s starting my own company designing and manufacturing gift products, eventually relocating it to the beautiful Scottish Borders.

Since selling the business I have been busier than ever running life drawing sessions and rediscovering my love of oils.


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