'Women' is the recent work by Leytonstone painter Derek Marks. Derek was born in East London where he lives and works as an artist and lecturer. He studied fine art at Goldsmiths College of Art and has exhibited worldwide. The artist and the local Stone Space gallery share the delight that Derek is able to show his work in his home town.
These works in oil, often shimmering and intoxicatingly bright, sometimes darker and more grounded, seem to capture women's everyday movement, gestures and inclinations. Far from being exploitative or voyeuristic, the images are warm and genuine observations. Working directly from his own numerous sketches and drawings, Derek captures the contrasting effort and ease of women cycling ('Woman on a Bike' I, II and III) and the exact geometry of the mother and buggy ('Blue Push') or the hunch of shoulders in the cold ('Snow').
The works demonstrate Derek's devotion to scholarship in painting, constantly recognised and noted in reviews of his work. Rebecca Bergese, friend and artist, comments that these works are 'joyful traces of the best kind of research, research into the living of life.'