ARTIST STATEMENT:

“ After years studying the masters, I let go of them and began studying myself. I realized for an artist to develop himself, he needs to get down to what he’s about and his own journey as a meaningful creator. After 50 years of painting, I feel that I am a master of my own creative forces. I don't just paint the canvas. I am the painter within the painting. My work is my signature.”

BIO:

Derek Hambly was born in Melbourne, Australia and has been a professional artist since 1967, after graduating with his master's in fine art from what's now known as Monash University. Shortly after he was invited to be the only artist allowed on site at the construction of the renowned National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne where he spent many months drawing and painting that exciting phase of this significant building.
In 1969 Derek mounted his first solo exhibition at Gallery 99 in Melbourne and as a professional young artist, soon became known in high art circles as one of the most powerful, young, abstract painters in Australia.
In 1999, America beckoned, and Derek answered with his first visit to the US. In 2000, he decided to move to the States permanently, and what followed was a rapid-fire succession of exhibitions throughout the East coast and Midwest, including a solo exhibition at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
After relocating to the Madison area, the media discovered Derek's work. "Today, the Australian-born painter, who recently moved to Madison, wields his talent and unabated energy as one of the most impressive abstract artists to hit the United states in years." Kevin Lynch, Art Critic, The Capital Times, August 17, 2002
“His paintings are bold, action packed explosions of color that have been thrown, dribbled, swept and poured across canvas. Sitting in the middle of his one-man show , Hambly is polite, articulate and calm. The storm is on the inside." Amanda Henry, Art Critic, Wisconsin State Journal, May 8, 2004
"Painter Derek Hambly has made a name for himself since moving to the US from his native Australia in 2000, exhibiting in elite galleries around the country such as Gruen Gallery in Chicago and Michael Lord Gallery in Milwaukee. Now Madison galleries and private arts patrons are falling in love with his abstract beauties." Artists Profile, Madison Magazine, January 2006
Since then, Derek Hambly has become established with art galleries, dealers and designers throughout the country.

Abstraction has always been Derek's major focus. His acrylic abstracts are bold, explosions of color poured across the canvas. But even with that focus, he continues to paint landscapes scenes in oil, something he's done since the 60's, and has been commissioned to paint hundreds of scenes, homes and properties, favorite views, lakes and gardens.  His work has been purchased and placed all over the world.


 EXHIBITIONS IN THE USA 2000-2012
       (Prior Australian Exhibitions from 1967 – 2000 not listed)
~Levis Faculty Center Illinois University Solo Exhibition May 2001 ~Illinois Terminal Champaign, IL Solo Exhibition June-Nov 2001
~Illinois Union Art Gallery Urbana, IL Solo Exhibition March 2002
~Caelum Gallery New York, NY 2-Man Show July 2002
~Gardens Art Palm Beach, FL Solo Exhibition SeptOct2002
~Gallery 1114 Midland,TX Group show Sept-Oct 2002
~Hopper House Art Center Nyack, NY Group Show September 2002
~Boston Art Boston, MA Holding Work Ongoing 2003-2005
~Atlanta Corporate Art Atlanta GA Group Show Ongoing 2003-2005
~Verde Gallery Champaign, IL Solo Exhibition July-August 2003
~Steve Martin Gallery New Orleans, LA Group Show November 2003
~Steve Martin Gallery New Orleans, LA Solo Exhibition Aug-Sept 2004
~Gruen Gallery Chicago, IL Group Show Oct 2004-Jan 2005
~Michael Lord Gallery Milwaukee, WI Group Show Nov 2004-Jan 2005
~Steve Martin Gallery New Orleans, LA Solo Exhibition May 2005 ~Overture Center Madison, WI Group Show June 2006
~Promega Science Corporation Madison, WI Solo Exhibition Feb 2006
~Linden Gallery Ellison Bay, WI Solo Exhibition June-October 2007 ~Renaissance Gallery Gills Rock, WI Solo Exhibition June -Sept 2007
~Steve Martin Gallery Miami, FL Solo Exhibition Sept 07
~Milwaukee Art Walk Milwaukee, WI Solo Exhibition April 2008
~Derek Hambly Studios Spring Exhibition Stoughton WI Solo Exhibition April 2008
~Hoard Museum Mary Hoard Art Show Fort Atkinson, WI Group Show-April 2008
~Navigazione Gallery Lake Geneva, WI July 2008-Solo Exhibition ~Woodland Studios Stoughton, WI Solo Exhibition July-September 2008
~Linden Gallery Ellison Bay, WI Solo Exhibition June-October 2008 Outdoor Garden Exhibit-October 2008
~One of a Kind Show Chicago, IL Group Show-December 2008
~Derek Hambly Studios Spring Exhibition Stoughton, WI Solo Exhibition-April 2009
~Hoard Museum, Mary Hoard Art Show Fort Atkinson, WI Group Show-April 2009
~Derek Hambly Studios Summer Exhibition Stoughton, WI Solo Exhibition-June 2009
~Gallery Night & Day Historic 3rd Ward Milwaukee, WI Group Show-July 2009
~14 South Studio Art Tour 2009 Open Studios-7 Area Cities Stoughton, WI Solo Exhibition-September 2009
~Gallery Night & Day Historic 3rd Ward Milwaukee WI Group Show-October 2009
~Gallerie MK 750 N Franklin-River North Chicago IL Group Show-Opening December 4th, 2009
~“Positive Matters” Frehner Museum Monroe Arts Center Monroe, WI Two Man Show-
~January 2010 Gallery Night & Day Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward Water Buffalo/Swig-90 pieces Milwaukee, WI Solo Show – January 15 – April 9, 2010
~Hoard Museum Mary Hoard Art Show Fort Atkinson, WI Group Show-April 2010
~“Powerful Evolutions” Sitron Gallery Bay View, WI Solo Show- June 2010
~“Francesca’s Artful Evening” Gallerie MK Chicago, IL Solo Opening-~Group Show Following July 20 – Sept 30, 2010
~“Landscapes to Abstracts” Derek Hambly Studios Stoughton, WI Solo Show Sept 25 – Sept 26, 2010
~“Red, Hearts & Objects of Affection” Gallerie MK Chicago IL Group Show Feb 11 – March 10, 2011
~“Derek Paints the Towns” Derek Hambly Studios Stoughton, WI Solo Show March 11, 2011
~Jones Gallery Fort Atkinson, WI Solo Show Jan 12-28, 2012
~Cultural Arts Center-Whitewater Whitewater, WI Solo Show Feb 3-26, 2012
~Pump House Regional Art Center LaCrosse, WI Group Show Oct 23 - Dec 22, 2012