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Derek Menary

Artist profile

'A Sense of Theatre'

Born in Belfast, Derek Menary (DW) initially studied under G.G. McCann, then at Belfast College of Art, followed by a Studentship with Belfast Arts Theatre.

From 1964-69, the artist worked in the professional theatre and BBC Television (London).In 1970, he became a student at Dartington College of Arts, Devon.From 1973 to 1989, as well as painting, he worked as a teacher/lecturer.

Derek Menary has exhibited widely, both in the UK and abroad, including London Contemporary Art Fairs 1990-96; Art Europa, Geneva; Miami Art Fair, Florida; The Royal Academy; Royal West of England Academy: The Royal Ulster Academy and Bath Contemporary Art Fair.

Major exhibitions include galleries in London, Belfast, Dublin, Bristol, Southampton and Glasgow.

Collections/Purchases include:

The Royal Bank of Scotland
The National Trust
The Arts Council of Ireland
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Office of Public Works, Dublin
First Trust Bank Ireland
Aer Lingus
Tresco Estate
Private collections in UK/Europe/USA/Australia

His work has been reviewed extensively in leading magazines and journals including Art Review and Irish Times.


1979 Painting Bursary, West Midlands Arts
1982 Exhibition Bursary, Arts Council of Great Britain (Eastern Arts)

Major Exhibitions include:

1975 Upper Street Gallery, Islington, London
1976 Arts Council of Northern Ireland
1976/1981 Oxford Gallery,Oxford
1977 Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Sponsored by Irish Arts Council)
1978 Compass Gallery, Glasgow (Sponsored by Scottish Arts Council)
1978 Ibis Gallery, Leamington Spa, England
1982 Harlow Playhouse Gallery (Sponsored by Eastern Arts)
1987 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
1989 Cavehill Gallery, Belfast
1989 The Eye Gallery, Bristol
1989/1990 Studio Gallery, Bristol
1991 Mina Renton Fine Art, London
1991 Gallery Tresco, Scilly Isles
1991 The Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives
1992/1993 Sweet Waters Gallery, London
1993/1995/1997/1999/2001 On Line Gallery Southampton
1993/1995/1997 Salon des Arts, 9 Palace Gate, London
1993/1994/2002/2004 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
1999 Goldmark Gallery, Rutland, England

Group Exhibitions

1977 Visual Art 1977, Limerick
1978 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin
1979 Le Troisieme Salon du Petite Format, Gallery 34 Paris
1982/1983 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
1984 Cork Street Fine Art, London
1984-1986 Curwen Gallery, London
1986 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
1986/1993 Wills Lane Gallery, St Ives
1989-1992 Royal Ulster Academy, Annual Exhibition, Belfast
1989 London Contemporary Art Fair, Eye Gallery, Bristol
1990 Art London '90, Olympia, Eye Gallery, Bristol
1990/1991 Royal West of England Academy, Annual Exhibition
1991 Art London '91, Islington, Studio International, Birmingham
1991/1992 Bath Contemporary Art Fair, Studio International, Bristol
1991 Gallery Tresco, Scilly Isles
1991 London International Contemporary Art Fair, Studio International, Bristol
1991/1992 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
1991/2009 On Line Gallery, Southampton
1992 Geneva Contemporary Art Fair, Studio International, Bristol
1992/1993 Miami Art Fair, Sweet Waters Gallery, London
1992/1993 Sweet Waters Gallery, London
1993-1995 Art London, Islington, Tom Caldwell Galleries, Ireland
1993-2012 Tom Caldwell Galleries, Ireland
1996 Art London, Islington, Rob Whittle Fine Art, Birmingham
1996 Art London '96, Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath
1996-1997 Adam Gallery, Bath
1997-2001 Parkview Fine Paintings, Bristol
1999-2006 Goldmark Gallery, Rutland, England
1999-2010 Leinster Gallery, Dublin
1999-2008 Sandford Gallery, Ranelagh, Dublin

1999-2004 Gallery 148, Holywood, Northern Ireland
1999-2007 Albany Gallery, Cardiff
1999-2012 Rob Whittle Fine Art, Birmingham
1999-2007 Somerville Gallery, Plymouth
2004-2012 Bebb Fine Art, Ludlow
2005-2012 Jonathan Poole Gallery, UK
2006-2009 Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold
2009- 2012 Artmill Gallery, Plymouth
2009- 2014 McKenna Gallery, Omagh, Northern Ireland

Other Exhibitions

1974 With John Cowan Photographer, Oxfordshire
1993 Sweet Waters Gallery, London
2003 Gallery 148, Holywood County Down

Work illustrated drawn from period 1990 - 2012

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