The Spaghetti Eaters
Copyright permission has kindly been granted byDerrick Greaves.
Derrick Greaves was born in 1927 in Sheffield and is a painter of figure subjects, landscapes and still life.He was apprenticed to a sign-writer for five years, and then won a Scholarship to the Royal College of Art where he studied from 1948 to 1952. He won a travelling Scholarship to Italy in 1952 where he met Guttuso and other Italian Realists. He had his first one-man exhibition at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1953. His work was shown in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1956 with that of Jack Smith, John Bratby and Edward Middleditch. He visited the Soviet Union 1957 and participated with seven other English artists in the exhibition Looking at People in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow. He was awarded a Gold Medal for Painting at Moscow Youth Festival, and a special prize in theJohn Moores Liverpool Exhibition in 1957. He has taught painting at the St Martin's School of Art since 1955.