Derek Robertson works from his studio in Balmerino, Fife, and since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College, Dundee in 1989, has established a name as one of Britain’s foremost wildlife and landscape artists. He exhibits work in galleries around the world including selection in the Woodson Art Museum “Birds in Art” and “Bennington” international shows in the USA. His paintings are held in private collections in more than 50 countries as well as in numerous public collections including those of several universities, museums and the collections of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, The Tate Gallery Special Collection and The Scotland Office in London. Derek is a professional member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Society of Scottish Artists and a signature member of the American Society of Animal Artists. He is winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of The Year "Visions of Nature Award" 2013 (and selected finalist in three categories), winner RSW Small Painting Award, John Gray Award and Glasgow Art Club Fellowship, James Guthrie Orchar Prize, Pat Holmes Memorial Prize and medal winner at the Wildlife Art Society exhibition.
He is regularly featured in press, radio and television. His first book, “Highland Sketchbook” was nominated for the McVities Prize. He has written and presented a number of TV programmes including a four part series, “Drawn From Wild Places” which was nominated for a Scottish Bafta and an award at the Cannes Film Festival. His latest book, entitled “A Studio Under The Sky” is a beautifully produced, limited-edition publication and has received critical acclaim from around the world. He has recently completed illustrations for new books by the celebrated wildlife and environmental writer, Sir John Lister-Kaye, entitled “Song of the Rolling Earth” and “Nature’s Child”: published by Time Warner and which became “modern day classics” of the genre. Derek regularly gives talks and demonstrations about his work, the landscape, and the wildlife that he portrays. These include prestigious presentations such as the Armistead Lecture and programmes for cruise lines.
As well as having a fascination for wildlife as an artist, Derek contributes to scientific research work as an enthusiastic amateur naturalist researcher and bird-bander. He has developed a number of research and survey techniques that have been adopted by professional organizations. He has had his researches published in numerous scientific journals, been author and editor in many publications and has served as a volunteer on several arts, research and conservation committees.
Reviews- Impressed with its interweave of symbolism and naturalism. Exquisite and evocative. Glasgow Herald. Evocative work. The Independent. A beautiful book…very impressive. A coherent body of work…both meticulous and poetic. Alba magazine. Robertson’s Beautiful Book. Finely Drawn studies..splendid. A poetic gesture not to be missed. The Scotsman. Like walking through a personal experience. The Herald. Highly acclaimed. Scots Magazine. Beautiful paintings. Sunday Post Magazine. Superb. Woman and Home. Understanding and enthusiasm for the world around him…but the lengths to which Derek is prepared to go put him in a different league. It is this sense of “being there” that is reproduced in Derek’s paintings so successfully. Scottish Field. Remarkably coherent and assured. Edinburgh List. Beautiful paintings. Sunday Post. Empathy, power and patient observation. Leopard Magazine. Wild places and highland visions. Scottish Sporting Gazette. A lyrical rendering of wild creatures and places.- The Washington Post. Captivating paintings that seem to come alive.- The Times.Outstanding talent...enchanting studies drawn out of the Scottish mists.- The Virginian. Something quite extraordinary.- Artists and Illustrators Magazine. Derek Robertson’s extraordinary sensitivity for his subjects comes across on every page.- Scots Magazine. Lyrical and evocative essays, perceptive observations…a painter of exceptional talent and sensitivity. Scottish Annual. The outstanding quality of Derek’s work is the combination of convincing realism and sympathy with his subject matter. Wildscape Magazine.