Derek Blois was born and lived his early years on the coast of Essex, England. After leaving school and serving in the Essex Constabulary for a time, Derek felt the call of the creative urge and spent the next five years at Art Schools in Colchester and Brighton where he gained a BA (Hons), he then moved to London to work in various Design Agencies. A few years later Derek and his family packed their bags and travelled up the M11 to North Norfolk where he co-founded Adept Design, a design and creative agency.
After 30 years in the creative business with his wife Liz and with their two sons all grown up, he decided to call it a day, sold up the business and concentrate on his painting (and a few other things).
Due to his special interest in military maritime and aviation, Derek has often been commissioned to paint military scenarios, one such commission was of the recent successful Libyan campaign involving British forces, the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean and the Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopters. Derek was invited to present the painting on board HMS Ocean to the Captain and crew. Another commission from The Army Air Corps, was to paint a representation of The Battle of Brega, which was also part of the Op Ellamy campaign in Libya. This painting now hangs in the Officers’ Mess at Wattisham.
To celebrate 25 years of unbroken operations of the Tornado at RAF Marham, Derek was commissioned this year to produce a painting to hang in the WO and Sgts Mess at RAF Marham, where it now hangs.
Most recently Derek has just completed a series of 10 large paintings for various Regiments and Squadrons of the Army Air Corps, focusing on ground crew and troops, to celebrate their 60th anniversary.
Numerous commissions have followed from both within and outside the military, some of which can be seen on the website and are available as quality prints. See also Facebook: Paintings by Derek Blois.
Derek regularly exhibits at the Guild of Aviation Artist’s Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London and is an Associate of the GAvA. He is also a full member of the Institute of East Anglia Artists (IEA) and a Council Member. He now exhibits in The Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, Norfolk and in The Argosy Gallery in Maine US where his maritime work is on show.
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