Deryk Houston

Artist in Victoria, BC. Canada

The National Film Board of Canada: Featured Deryk Houston in the documentary, “From Baghdad to Peace Country”

His work is in the permanent collection of the Canadian war Museum in Ottawa. (On the recommendation of the National Gallery of Canada)

He represented the city of Vancouver, BC., in a solo exhibition of his work in the former Soviet Union.



Deryk at Ogden Point, Victoria, BC. (photo by Elizabeth)

Woodwynn Peace Garden at Woodwynn Farms, a therapeutic community for the homeless. The Peace Garden includes a labyrinth with herbs, fruits and vegetables incorporated.

I am currently featured at Art Works Gallery in Vancouver BC Canada.
And the Greater Victoria Art Gallery rental program.

Octopus’s Garden

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Octopus’s Garden Size:24″X36″ Medium: acrylic on canvas

Story: Everyone just loves this song by Ringo and so do I. Once again I was interested in the back story of how Ringo came up with the idea in the first place. Apparently he needed to get away from the hum […]

Back in the USSR

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Title: “Back in the USSR” Medium: acrylic on canvas Size: 24″X 36″

Story: I always loved this song because of my experience in the former Soviet Union. I was fascinated by the changes about to take place there and felt that the world might have a chance after […]

The Beatles

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Title: “The Beatles” Medium: acrylic on canvas Size:36″X72″

Story: When the Beatles burst onto the music scene in the early sixties, the world went mad.

The names of a few of their songs have been written across the surface of this painting because it often only takes the title […]

I want to hold your hand

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Title: “I want to hold your hand” Medium: Acrylic on canvas Size: 24″X36″

Story: When I start work on one of the Beatles songs, I always play around with ideas for a couple of days in my head.

I used the same approach for “I want to Hold […]

Yeah Yeah Yeah

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Title: Yeah Yeah Yeah Medium:acrylic on canvas Size:36″X72″

Story: This painting also references Eleanor Rigby and some of the early songs by the Beatles as they burst onto the music scene. It’s interesting to also think of the lonely people who might have wandered the streets at that […]


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Title: “Revolution” Medium: acrylic on canvas Size: 24″X36″

Story: I consider myself a revolutionary in that I believe that art can bring about political change. John Lennon certainly believed in that idea.

But it is never simple. Change can bring about unexpected consequences.

I have included a quote […]

Strawberry Fields Forever

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“Strawberry Fields Forever” Medium:acrylic on canvas Size: 24″X36″

Story: John Lennon loved to play in the garden of Strawberry Fields when he was a child. It was a Salvation Army school for children near his home in Liverpool. His mom used to chide him for going there and […]

Lady Madonna

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“Lady Madonna” medium: acrylic on canvas Size: 24″X36″

Story: Lady Madonna is one of those songs that resonates with my childhood. When I read the book, Angela’s Ashes, I related to the kind of poverty depicted in that story. We moved all the time. My parents worked hard […]

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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Title:”Lucy in the Sky with diamonds” medium: acrylic on canvas Size: 24″X36″

Story: Another one of my favourite songs. Lot’s of words written on the meaning of this one. Trying to know the actual truth is difficult to figure out. I go with what John Lennon said. He […]

“Gnik Nus”

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“Gnik Nus” Medium: acrylic on canvas size: 12″X36″

Story: Gnik Nus is “Sun King” in reverse. It is a song written primarily by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney and recorded by the Beatles for their 1969 album, Abbey Road. An instrumental section of “Sun King” was […]