Colourful Artist with
a chequered past....
I cannot claim to be an expert on Painters
- Artists other than the fact that I, like millions
know what is good and what is fake.
paintings are Genuine. It restores faith and is
From when we are toddlers we
this kind of artist that will be responsible for
draw, we scribble, we paint, we
bringing people back into the Arts.
mould, we Create, we are artists.
I caught up with Derek to find out more about
That is until at some point in our
how he ticks, who he is, and what he is all
lives most of us put our creativity
We arranged a meet at Neo’s where he is
into a box and it is very rarely taken
the Gallery Artist. I stood making chitchat with
Deb, and Ryan waiting for the man himself,
back out again. Shame really.
in enters some character that could have
walked straight of a Four Musketeers set; tall,
Nevertheless, that being said I do have an
goatee and longish hair.
opinion on what I like and Derek Elands Work
While this guy said his hellos and New Year
is something I like a lot.
greetings, I shook his hand as he had shaken
I came across Derek’s work at Neo’s Café in
I didn’t say anything else as I was waiting for
Cockermouth and was drawn into what I saw
Derek Eland, some fellow in his late sixties.
there and then. ‘Wow!’...was my first reaction.
Well, so I thought. After a few minutes I was
No BS, just brilliant Paintings - Pictures that
embarrassed and I had to ask sorry but are
engage the eye.
you Derek? I was expecting some older gent
who was responsible for the Paintings that
A lot of modern Art is an insult to the eye and
hung all around me. Not this whippersnapper,
our intelligence. In fact over the years a lot of
well he is in his early forties. Introductions
rubbish Modern Art is the reason most of us
made, we sit and Derek talks.
normal people turn away from The World of
Arts altogether. You have some pretentious
Derek lived in Whitehaven Foxhouses Road
moron trying to convince us that splatterings
from the age of five and was a former Brantsy
of paint on a canvas means something,
primary school pupil in the late sixties and
come on, pull the other one.
However, when you come across someone
Derek explained, ‘I spent my formative
like Derek Eland who is Genuine, whose
years in Whitehaven and have really fond
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