Moyra Derby is an artist based in the UK. The work is painting based, and works with exanded pictorial structures, testing propositions about how material decisions and fabricated limits hold attention within picture space. Works are often double sided, or have multiple set ups, and incorporate divisions, rotations and repetitions. The gaps and glitches in attention all inform this approach. Freestanding works allow painting to be spatially present, placed on the floor or set up on a table. These structures prompt physical participation to the extent of a necessary move to see from one side to the other, and imaginative participation, holding visual information in the space between seeing and recalling. The painting processes tend to be indirect, using image transfer methods. These restrictions help to negotiate painting’s investment in abstraction while also claiming its mimetic potential. Recent exhibitions include 'Interval [ ] still : now' Tintype Gallery, London (2018) 'Notes on Painting' The Koppel Project Hive, London (2017) 'fully awake', blip blip blip gallery, Leeds (2017), 'stopgap' Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury (2017), 'Interval [ ] waititng room' at Whitstable Biennale (2016) 'Abstract Apartment I' Deborah House, London (2015) 'Painting Tableau Stage' Urban Arts Space, Ohio (2013).
Published texts include 'Constraints between Picture and Painting: Some considerations at a distance' in the Journal of Contemporary Painting Vol 2 issue 2 2016, 'Visualizing Painting: A Space Drawn in Ratio' from the exhibition catalogue of ‘Limber: Spatial Painting Practices’ 2013, 'Depth as Breadth in Rotation: Tableau as Holding Apparatus’ published in Journal for Visual Arts Practice, Volume 12, issue 1, 2013. Curated projects include 'A Sort of Night to the Mind, A Kind of Night for Our Thoughts: Materiality and Illusion in Contemporary Painting', group exhibition at Artary Galerie Stuttgart and Arch 402 Gallery, London 2013 co-curated with Bob Matthews, and 'Picture Tableau Screen' a visual symposium at UCA Canterbury co-curated with Matthew de Pulford.
Currently Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Contemporary Painting, and a founding Trustee of CRATE Studio & Project Space in Margate. Moyra Derby studied at the Royal College of Art MA Painting, Cheltenham School of Art BA Painting and University of Ulster at Belfast, and is currently undertaking a practice based PhD with a Vice Chancellor's Scholarship at The University of Kent.