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.

Fernwood Art auction

On And Off the Wall Fundraiser Silent Auction for Collective Works Gallery

September will be a busy month for Collective Works Gallery. They are expanding their space once again and the small, tight- knit group of artists, have decided to hold a special silent auction of their artwork to help raise funds. Local businesses, such as the Belfry, have generously offered donations for gift baskets and it will be a wonderful opportunity to acquire original art at exceptional value. Collectors scooped up valuable pieces at our last successful auction.
The process of expansion has not been easy. It has taken time and patience to work through the permit applications, the architects and the engineers, but clearly it will be worth the effort as the exciting space takes shape.
The renovation will allow the 20 artists to hang more of their artwork, and it will create new areas for special exhibits. The Gallery is currently encouraging interested artists to apply for the limited number of membership spaces left.
The artwork for the silent auction will be hung in the gallery on Sept 11th for viewing and registering your bids. The main reception and final closing of the auction will be at 9:00pm on Saturday, Sept 19th.
Each artist will be decorating a large paper lantern which will also be available for auction.
Collective Works Gallery is run by the artists and it presents more unusual works than that found in regular commercial galleries. For example, Isa Sevrain’s artwork is created using carefully shaped and glazed mosaic pieces. Each fragment is cut, imprinted and coloured by hand and then fired individually. There is so much love in each exquisite fragment. A very unusual artist with a story book quality in every work. You can watch a video of her as she steps through the process.
It is impossible to mention all twenty artist members here, but try not to miss international artist, Harumi Ota’s ceramics. His work will be on exhibition for the first week of Sept. and he is well known to collectors in Victoria. His playful imagination is second to none and his glazed designs dance across the clay surface as if the bowls were still sizzling hot out of the kiln.
Another artist in the group worth checking out is our most cheerful member, PJ Kelly, She always lifts our spirits with her colourful, glossy, thoughtful abstracts. Her paintings will be featured in the gallery, Sept 20th to the 25th, alongside sculptor Grant Watson and Donald Ius.
Most of the artists will be donating an original work of art. My painting is the little tractor shown here. I used to love helping the farmers when I was a little boy in Scotland. We would sit down for lunch leaning against the large wheels and I loved the smell of the diesel and the rubber. It all seemed so mysterious and powerful to me at the time.
The experience gave me an appreciation of life and as a result I became interested in conflict and war. You can watch Sherry Le Page’s NFB documentary featuring my work at
Let me explain why a tractor is about war. As an artist, one has the choice of focusing on the pain and destruction of war. I have decided to place my energies on showing how beautiful life is. A tractor breaks up the earth so that seeds can take root and grow. I like that idea. I feel that if we can bring our children up to appreciate life then they might be less likely to take it away. “It is easy to make a Ghost”. It is much harder to create and nurture life.

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