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Derek Watkins

Contemporary Portrait Painting

Welcome to Derek Watkins Art, where contemporary portraits of music, sport and film legends come to life in a vibrant symphony of colours. Using bold and captivating shades of bright purple,  pink, and blue acrylics and inks, Derek brings a fresh and electrifying perspective to portraiture. Each brushstroke not only captures the essence of these icons but also delves deep into the dichotomy between their star-studded presence and their inner vulnerabilities.


Step into a world where artistic expression meets cultural significance. Derek's art is more than just a visual experience; it's a narrative that bridges the gap between fame and humanity. With subjects ranging from the timeless elegance of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to the brilliance of Jean-Michel Basquiat, from the raw power of Mike Tyson, to the unapologetic charisma of Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, the collection encapsulates the multifaceted personas that have shaped our world

The Tide is High

Immerse yourself in Derek's gallery, where canvas and emotion intertwine. Each stroke of paint is a brush with history, a dialogue between colour and character. Through the fusion of bold acrylics and a keen understanding of the human psyche, Derek encapsulates the enigmatic souls of legends like Anthony Joshua, Bob Marley, and Pablo Picasso. Explore the captivating contrast between the public façade and private struggles, and rediscover these revered figures through a new, kaleidoscopic lens.

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