NICE, Derek

1933 - ?

Derek Nice

Derek V. Nice was born in Hendon, North London in 1933, 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. A designer for the BBC, Associated British Cinemas and Associated British Pathé 1960-1970 and from 1970 taught at Ipswich School of Art before moving to Devon in 1980, teaching at Torquay School of Art and then returned to work for the BBC in both 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 at Gozo Heritage Museum, Malta. Expressing his love of nautical history with boat-centred sculpture and painting, the first models recalled the 'Belle' steamers which once ferried passengers between Tower Bridge and Yarmouth and most piers in-between. 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. Fishing craft then gave way to images drawn from vessels painted on pyramid interiors or scratched on rocks in the Nubian desert. Derek has his studio in Chediston Street, Halesworth, Suffolk and has had a solo exhibition at Aldeburgh's Cinema Gallery. He married in 1996, textile artist Mary Pasmore, daughter of artists Edwin John Victor Pasmore (1908-1998) and Wendy Lloyd Pasmore née Blood (1915-2015).

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