Derrick Greaves is one of the most important British painters of the last half century, initially gaining acclaim in the 1950s when he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale along with the other ‘Kitchen-Sink’ painters with whom he was associated. Born in Sheffield in 1927, Greaves apprenticed for five years as a sign-writer, before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied from 1948-52. During the ’60s his work moved away from the social realism of his previous pieces, taking on instead a more stylised approach. His work is prominently displayed in the world’s most prestigious public galleries, including the Tate Gallery, the Contemporary Arts Society, the Arts Council of Great Brittan and the New York Public Library.
Wootton was born in Lewisham in 1932. She studied at Goldsmiths College of Art, where she graduated with first class honours and attended the Royal College of Art. In 1955 she was represented in the Young Contemporaries exhibition in London. Although Olive has exhibited throughout her life, it is since the untimely death of her painter husband, Gordon, that she has returned to sculpture with a renewed energy.
She has enjoyed considerable success with individual shows, in the UK and overseas. In 1992 she was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and in recent years has shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. She lives and works at her studio in an attractive area of rural Northamptonshire.