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DEREK BALMER P.P.R.W.A. (born 1934)

“Room with a View”

Acrylic and Collage on textured board. Signed & dated ‘94

18” x 24” (457mm x 610mm).  Overall framed size 26 ˝” x 33” (673mm x 838mm)

Exhibited Anthony Hepworth Gallery, Bath 1994 (bears their label to reverse)

Illustrated in Derek Balmer, a Singular Vision published 2012 – page 110 titled at Chinese Restaurant                        IMAGE



Derek Balmer, painter and photographer, is noted for his richly coloured abstracts and painterly landscapes of Britain and abroad.  Balmer was born and lives in Bristol where he became a noted photographer, closely associated with the Bristol Old Vic.  John Boorman, later a Hollywood director, used Balmer as his photographer during the making of television documentaries.  Aged 15, Balmer was accepted at the West of England College of Art by Donald Milner and his teachers included Paul Feiler.    He exhibits at the Royal West of England Academy of which he is a Member and where, in 2001 he became the Academy’s 18th President.  He also held his first public exhibition there in 1958, Other group exhibitions include Fimbarrus and Arnolfini Galleries in Bath and Bristol, Bear Lane Gallery in Oxford, Louise Hallett Gallery and New Art Centre.  He had a solo show at Fimbarrus Gallery in 1959, with later ones including the Sharples Gallery at the RWA in 1980, Gisela van Beers in 1991 and Anthony Hepworth, Bath in 1992.  Ancient Places was held at Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden in 2005. In 1965 he won the Prix d’Natalie in Provence and following other successes was the 1983 finalist at the Avon Open Exhibition at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.  Work by Derek Balmer is in public and private collections in the UK, Canada, USA, Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland.