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.

“Next Generation”

“Next Generation” leans more towards a realistic view of our world. No particular significance to that. I find that over time, I explore a lesser or greater approach to how much detail I wish to include. I actually started my art career in high realism. At that time, back in the very early nineteen eighties, I painted the “police motorbike”, A Mac truck, a rolls royce, pencil drawing of Ford car, my daughter Amy in front of an ancient tree, Gordon at Siwash Rock, among a few others.
I was fascinated by the detail and the experience of being absorbed into that world. For example: I can remember painting the stone steps behind the police motorbike and as I painted the stone steps which were through the  opening of the wheel of the bike….I can remember the strange feeling of pulling my elbows in as I lifted my brush off the painted surface. It was so real in my mind that I felt as if I were leaning through the wheels of the bike to reach the stone steps behind. In reality of course ….everything was on the same level of the painting board. I can also remember being careful not to catch my sleeve on the nuts of the wheel when moving my hands across the surface….. but again…this was only an illusion because the painted surface was smooth. It only seemed so real because of the high realism and being absorbed by the intense concentration required by the work. And so I enjoyed doing that work at the time.
(I was fortunate enough to be supported by a major collector who bought the entire series and continues to purchase works as I move through stages of my career.)
While I did find realism very challenging and interesting, as the years passed I needed to find a way to express myself more quickly and directly because there were so many directions I wanted to explore and the high realism was too slow a process to express my thoughts and ideas. And so I found myself using bigger brushes and more vigorous strokes! I also moved into different mediums including Earthen works and sculpture.
Despite the new directions of realizing my works, the same theme runs through all my work. I try to express, support and explore the idea of fertility, family, generations, community, children’s rights and peace.
And so…….. the painting, “Next Generation,” was born.
It is more tightly painted than more recent work perhaps but it is fun to render the detail too. It is actually “quite loose” compared to the high realism technique found in my painting “Police Motorbike”.

Title:”Next Generation”
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 12″X36″
Price: $1,400.00

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