Derek Hirst (British, 1930-2006)

30 October 2023

‘My work is evidence that I have been alive’
-Derek Hirst

Bellmans are delighted to be offering a selection of works by artist Derek Hirst. Born in Doncaster, Hirst trained at the local art school between 1946-1948 before furthering his studies at The Royal College of Art. He travelled extensively in the 1950s and 60s, in particular to Catalonia where on numerous trips he became fascinated and influenced by the work of Joan Miro, Antoni Tapies and Antoni Gaudi, but also to Morroco where he absorbed the local architecture. This fusion of cultures is clearly evident in his work, employing a great variety of unconventional materials and media which accentuate both the natural and the man-made, and the ensuing juxtaposition and tension between the two. Whether evoking the industry of his native Yorkshire, the deserts of Africa or the Zen sanctuaries of Japan there is a palpable sense of place in his output.

Untitled, 1962-1963
Untitled, 1962-1963
Autumn Twilight Second Version, 1990
Autumn Twilight Second Version, 1990
Countdown, 1965
Countdown, 1965

His travels also led to a number of international teaching posts including the Philadelphia College of Art, York University, Toronto along with academic roles in Australia and the UK. Examples of his work have been exhibited at Tate Britain, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Government Art Collection, The Arts Council of Great Britain, as well as the Museo Municipal, Madrid, Art Institute of Detroit, Brooklyn Museum, New York and The National Gallery of Canada reflecting his international experience.

Drought No 1, 1993
Drought No 1, 1993
Cuarto Dorado, 1974-75
Cuarto Dorado, 1974-75
Troubled Water No 2, 1993-1994
Troubled Water No 2, 1993-1994

The collection including the above lots will be sold on November 21st in The Modern British and 20th Century Art Sale.

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