Derek Howarth – ARBS
Having gained an honours degree in sculpture, Derek Howarth worked as an assistant to Henry Moore, increasing his knowledge of working on large sculptural pieces and during the ensuing years returning from time to time to execute large projects for Henry Moore in polystyrene, a medium which he is proud to have introduced to Henry Moore.
Howarth also taught for some years at Norwich School of Art before becoming a freelance sculptor, running his own professional studio/workshop creating three-dimensional work for films, theatre, television, exhibitions, industry, shopping centres and public buildings.
His fine art works are held in private collections both here and the United States of America.
He was elected an Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 1997.
His own theme in sculpture originates from common flints found in the clay soils of Hertfordshire, themselves “castings” within the primordial rock and in creative hands they are formed into humanoid shapes which are sometimes placed into likely pairs. Derek acknowledges the premise “The aspect of change is our only constant”. He has created a series of figures, with an emphasis on stylised gesture which are not fixed on a base but are intended to be rearranged by the viewer. The component pieces can exist singly, in pairs or even trios, the endless possibilities of such compositions being the owner’s prerogative. No complete work exists until the owner makes his “arrangement of the day” thus the relationship between owner and sculptor is active and ongoing.