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Birthplace: Cumbria
Location: Cumbria
Art Medium: Watercolour & Ink

  • Degree in Politics

  • Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art

Derek Eland is a multi media artist who was born in Cumbria, where his family have farmed for generations.  In 2011 he was appointed an official British War Artist in Afghanistan, where he spent a month on the front line, and in 2016 he was artist in residence for six weeks at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.  Derek was also artist in residence at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in 2014-2015.

He has published two art books. ‘Diary Rooms - Being human on the front line in Afghanistan’ was published in 2014 and focuses on the human cost of the war in Afghanistan through powerful diary entries and photography.  His second book '‘Being Human at Base Camp’ was published in 2017 and explores the motivations and experiences of would-be Everest submitters.

Derek is a patron of Chilli Studios in Newcastle and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Cumbria. His paintings have been exhibited widely and he has received and been shortlisted for a number of arts prizes and awards including the International Celeste Art prize in 2007, the UK Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence 2014, Arts Council England Award 2014, Salon Art Prize 2014 and British Council Artists International Development Fund Award in 2016.

He was also a finalist in the Royal Watercolour Society's 'Watercolour 21' exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, London in 2006 and the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London and Manchester, in 2005.  In 2005 he was the winner of the Cumbria Artists’ Open Exhibition at the Upfront Gallery.

In recent years Derek’s work has been covered by the media, including The Guardian, The Observer Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Independent, BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio Front Row.

Mentionable Exhibitions:

  • Gallery 81435, Telluride, Colorado, 2017 - Solo

  • The Gallery at Rheged, 2017 - Solo

  • Somerset House, London, 2017

  • The Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, 2017

  • Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (mima), 2014-2015 - Solo

  • The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth, 2013 - Solo

  • DNA Projects Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 2013

  • The Griffin Gallery, London, 2012-2013

  • Imperial War Museum, Salford, 2011-2012 - Solo

  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle 2010

  • The Lowry, Salford 2006-2007

  • Bankside Gallery, London, 2006

  • Royal Cambrian Academy of Arts, Wales, 2001

Work represented by NLG:
Paintings: Derek Eland