Derrick GuildRSA Born: 1963
Place of Birth: Perth
Born in 1963 in Perth, Scotland, Derrick Guild has been the recipient of many awards for his unique work. Guild's paintings and objects reference European still life of the 15th to 19th centuries. The drama, allegory and naturalism inherent in this period of painting speak to Guild of ever-present dilemmas of the human condition. His works are classical, formal and at the same time contemporary in their sense of dislocation and ambiguity.
"In my work I am trying to create fluidity between the past and present. I make still life paintings using oil on canvas and objects that use a wide range of materials including cast resin, oil paint and miscellaneous materials. In the paintings, I am trying to harness the look and feel of the great European still life tradition. I want to hijack the high drama and emotional integrity that resonates in the work of that era. I aim to marry that look and feel to contemporary ideas and thoughts that include religion, colonialism, genetic modification, sexuality, commodification of nature, fecundity, humour, appropriation, addiction, beauty, absurdity, surrealism and realism. This list is always growing and is never closed. I feel the still life format easily allows narrative and metaphor, complexity and simplicity to be conveyed. Whilst every painting can be read alone, I feel that they are each a single sentence in a much longer and ongoing dialogue. The objects are in a sense three-dimensional versions of my still life paintings. They have developed from the realisation that an object resonates differently when it interacts in a space as a real object. I am trying for a more heightened sense of realism so that the experience of the object is not filtered through the two-dimensional canvas.” Derrick Guild
During the International Festival in August 2019, Derrick Guild held the solo exhibition Ever After at The Scottish Gallery. Featuring paintings, objects, photographs and installation works, the display created a cabinet of curiosities for the post-modern, digital world.
Label Anne Hyde after Sir Peter Lely View details
Label Anne Hyde after Sir Peter Lely2019oil on linenH:173cm W:122cm£22,000Ever After, after Skirving View details
Ever After, after Skirvingoil on linen in four piecesH:38cm W:34cm£4,000After Eden No. 4 View details
After Eden No. 42016-17oil on linenH:61cm W:42cm£5,800After Roslin View details
After Roslin2019oil on linenH:10.5cm W:8cm£1,400Louis Ear, After Hodges View details
Louis Ear, After Hodges2019oil on linenH:13.5cm W:10.5cm£2,100Bread as Cake (roll version), 2015 View details
Bread as Cake (roll version), 2015oil on linen under oval mountH:16cm W:21cm£1,750Derrick Guild in his Studio, 2015 View details