Reviews

Slow Motion 5'6
Primitive Dance 4'9
Omniscient 6' x 12
Sonata in Red 4' x 5'6
Bushfire 6' x 9', Acrylic on Canvas, 1998, Sold-Gruen Gallery-Chicago

Slow Motion 5'6" x 8', Acrylic on Canvas, 2002

"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

Primitive Dance 4'9" x 6'8", Acrylic on Canvas, 2001

"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, 2002

Omniscient 6' x 12", Acrylic on Canvas, 2005

"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

Sonata in Red 4' x 5'6", Acrylic on Canvas, 2004

"His painting, "Sonata in Red" may be Hambly's best work, and it beautifully balances compositional control and gestural expression, commingling sinuous dancing lines. The masterstroke of this painting is a green form that resembles a human diver soaring through the air. This figure hangs suspended in a composition that liberates and contains it's energy."
Kevin Lynch, Art Critic, The Capital Times, July 14, 2006

Bushfire 6' x 9', Acrylic on Canvas, 1998, Sold-Gruen Gallery-Chicago

Derek Hambly’s work has been highly regarded by important Australian critics over the years. In a review from The Age, art critic Patrick McCaughey, former director of the National Gallery of Melbourne, Australia, wrote that “Hambly’s interest in using color to liberate the surface again strikes one as absolutely right."