1925 – 2012
Derek Inwood was a student at the Salisbury Art School where he obtained a Diploma in Design in 1952. He originally attended Bedford School before enlisting in the Royal Navy.
While still a student, he answered an advert in a local paper inserted by an artist seeking help to look after his house and studio at Combe Bissett. The artist was Henry Lamb (1883-1960) – one of a group of loosely connected artists of the Cranborne Chase – an area that coveres 380 square miles and bridges the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Other connected artists include William and Ben Nicholson, Lucian Freud, Augustus John and Francis Hodgkins. In 1958 Inwood won a prize which enabled him to study at Oskar Kokoschka’s ‘School of Vision’ in Salzburg, Austria.
In 1958 he also spent some time at ‘L’Académie de la Grande Chaumiére’ in Paris where he felt truly at home. Inwood painted both in oil and more unusually in oil pastels. His paintings reflect the places he lived, including France, Henley-on-Thames and in later years Sheringham, Norfolk.
Vivid colours and interesting subject placement make his pictures instantly recognisable. Exhibitions Include: Blandford; Clarendon Gallery – London; Bacon Gallery – Aylsham; Little Theatre, Sheringham.