Work of north east Fife wildlife artist goes on tour in the US

Artist in residence at Tentsmuir Derek Robertson with Matt Baker from Countryfile
Artist in residence at Tentsmuir Derek Robertson with Matt Baker from Countryfile

Two paintings by Balmerino artist Derek Robertson have been selected for a prestigious touring show of the United States.

The show, organised by the internationally respected curator David J Wagner features work by acclaimed artists such as Robert Bateman and Kent Ullberg.

Derek’s work was specially selected for the show as the only representative from the UK.

Entitled ‘Environmental Impact’, the exhibition will tour over eight museums in the states over the next two years and the show aims to recognise, document and share the work of leading contemporary artists who choose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues and to heighten public awareness and concern about the consequences through the power of art.

Derek’s work arrived at the first venue in Ohio last week where it is being unpacked and hung in advance of the grand opening.

One of the country’s foremost wildlife and landscape artists, Derek’s work is achieving widespread acclaim for his engagement with environmental subjects and his development of a creative and collaborative approach to his work.

He is currently artist in residence at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve as part of Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and his projects there have attracted national attention in press, radio and TV for his use of modern technology, collaborative projects with artists and scientists and unique ways of exploring the wildlife and landscape.

In May Derek spent time filming with BBC1’s Countryfile team and being interviewed by presenter Matt Baker (above) about the virtual art trail he set up at Tentsmuir to reflect the Year of Natural Scotland.

The program was screened in June.