Derek Hare was born on the North East coast of England and the Durham and Northumberland coastlines became the first sources of inspiration for his earlier paintings.
Becoming a professional painter in 1965, Derek moved away from the north of England at that time, first living in the Channel Islands before moving to London, where he still lives most of the time. Having begun to establish himself in the early 70’s, he spent time in Sweden, Norway and Northern Germany, where he lived for some time on an island in the Baltic Sea, exhibiting widely in these locations as well as in UK. Throughout the 80’s, his reputation became much more established, particularly in Germany, where many of his main collectors, both private and corporate, still are to this day.
In 1989, Derek revisited Portugal, a country he first saw in the early 80’s. Here, the crashing Atlantic breakers on the ruggedly beautiful West Coast, north of Cape St Vincent, inspired many paintings of long, dramatic beaches, often wreathed in sea-fret.
About the same time, the Bahamas provided a totally different source of material, the shallow, iridescent water demanding exciting changes in his palette. He spends several months each year in the islands.
Spending a large part of the year out of the UK, visiting these locations, as well as trips to India, Thailand, the Seychelles and many other places in his search for new material, whilst also preparing work for exhibitions and commissions, keeps Derek very busy. As a painter mainly of landscapes and seascapes, he is always happiest on or near the ocean. Fortunately, he has been able to tailor his lifelong passion of oil painting and combine it with his second love, the sea. In the UK, Scottish and East Anglian coastlines, together with northern moorlands and Northumbrian beaches, figure strongly in his work, providing dramatic contrast to his more exotic locations.
Limited Edition Seascape Prints are available through fine art publishers as well as directly from the artist.
Derek Hare is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and undertakes painting commissions worldwide.