NICE, Derek V

1933 - ?

Derek Nice

Derek Nice was born in Hendon, North London in 1933, displaced early to Essex, he also boasts deep East Anglian fishing and farming roots, son of Leonard Robert Nice (1906-1994) and his wife Emily E. née Hunt (1906-1960), who married at Uxbridge, West London in 1930. Derek studied painting and ceramics at Southend Art School followed by a post-graduate design year at the Central School in London. From 1960 until 1970 a designer for the BBC, ABC and AB Pathé 1960-1970 and from 1970 taught at Ipswich School of Art before moving to Devon in 1980, teaching at Torquay School of Art before returning to the BBC in Bristol and London. From 1980 he also designed for films and interactive museum projects including designing the Trafalgar Story at Portsmouth, a replica Viking longship in Oslo and Gozo Heritage Museum, expressing his love of nautical history with a shift on the creative tiller towards boat-centred sculpture and painting, the first models recalled the Belle steamers once ferrying passengers between Tower Bridge and Yarmouth and most piers in between. Fishing craft then gave way to images drawn from vessels painted on pyramid interiors or scratched on rocks in the Nubian desert. He especially loves the surreal winch or boat parcels, wrapped in tarpaulin, striped awning or plastic sheets, at Pakefield, Suffolk and has painted fishermen's haunts from Blakeney in Norfolk to Aldeburgh in Suffolk where he had a solo exhibition at Aldeburgh's Cinema Gallery. Derek has bases in Chediston Street, Halesworth, Suffolk and, wedded since 1996 to the textile artist Mary Pasmore, daughter of artists Victor and Wendy, he married into an obsession for Malta.

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