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by Derek Rothera February 14, 2021



at The Millinery Works
04 to 29 May 2016 Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 6pm, Sunday 12 to 5pm
Measurenments are height by width and are in centermetres

In this exhibition I am showing a selection of my work produced over a period of seventy years. At school, my Art Master, John Russell, taught me the importance of drawing, and this was reinforced when studying at The Slade School of Fine Art where I also studied Theatre Design under the direction of Robert Medley. Throughout my career I have managed to combine painting, teaching and designing for the theatre and some of my stage designs and models are included in this exhibition. I was born in South London but, at the outbreak of war, I was evacuated to the country. On returning to London at the end of the war I found that the area where I lived had been heavily bombed. This influenced a great deal of my early work which shows people standing amongst ruined buildings. A move to Islington, to a house that had a very small garden, resulted in an interest in growing plants; this gave me endless opportunities to draw and paint them and has been a subject I have returned to frequently. I have had a couple of periods when, for a variety of reasons, I have found working difficult. It was at these times I turned to producing abstract work. At first these were very geometric and the colour very controlled. Years later my abstract work became far freer. The human figure appears occasionally in my work; for some time I produced a series of work based on ‘Footballers’, suggesting that, for many, they were worshipped and had become ‘God-like’, so I painted them as ‘Icons’.

Frank Stanton

Garden, oil on board 91.5 x 122



Spring, 1943, watercolour on paper, 22.5 x 32



Hercules Road, 1952, gouache, 26 x 24.5 



Hornsey Road before The Arsenal. 1956, oil on canvas, 51 x 77



Passage Way in Islington, 1959, gouache, 39 x 57.5



Off essex Road, 1956, oil on board, 50 x 74



Church Albufeira, Portugal, 1954, oil on board, 46 x 76.5 



Shadows, Venice, 2003, oil on borard, 40 x 40




Opus 4, 1971,                                          Opus 29, 1971,
gouache on card, 73 x 51                           gouache on card, 73 x 51  



                     Abstract no. 6, 2015,                                  Abstract no. 4, 2015,                pen and wax crayon, 32 x 22.5                 pen and wax crayon, 32 x 22.5




Design for the set for Puccini's "Il Tabarro", 1973, watercolour on paper, 32 x 51





Self Portrait, 1961, oil and gold leaf on board, 33 x 31




Leigh, 1964, oil on board, 40.5 x 30




No. 22, 2001, gouache and acrylic, 41 x 58.5




Panel for Predella, 2000, oil and gold leaf on board, 28.5 x 46.5




Hydrangea, 2005, oil on board, 61 x 46





             Figs and Pears, 1995                        Aubergine, Courgette & Tomatoes,        oil on canvas, 30.5 x 25.4                       1995, oil on canvas, 30.5 x 25.4




Garden Trellis I, 2006, oil on board, 61 x 77





 Spring Growth II, 2008, oil on board, 61 x 77





Solanum, 2009, oil on board, 35 x 35





At the End of my Road, Evening, 2010, oil on board, 45.7 x 50.8




                      Corner of Trafalgar Square, 2012,               The Front of St Paul's 2011,                oil on board, 61 x 46                              oil on board, 61 x 46




The Potted Garden, 2015, oil on board, 61 x 77


Born London 1931 Awarded Slade Scholarship 1949

Solo Exhibitions

Canonbury Bookshop Gallery, London 1955/58, Salford City Art Gallery & Museum1975/76, All Hallows by The Tower, London 1984/89/96, John Jones Arts Centre, London 1996, John & Irene Stocks Gallery, Norfolk 1998, The Millinery Works Art Gallery 2001/06, The Millinery Works with my sister Joan Stanton 2011, The Framing Gallery, Brussels 20119569204-4-7

Group Exhibitions

Canonbury Bookshop Gallery with Duncan Grant & Vanessa Bell 1954, The Royal Academy 1956/57/58/59/61/65/77, Walker’s Gallery, Bond Street, London 1956/57, The Royal Institute 1957, Islington Art Circle 1957/58/77/78/79, United Society of Artists, London 1963/64 ,National Society, London 1963/64, Contemporary Portrait Society, London 1964/66, The Augustine Gallery, Holt, Norfolk 1972/73, St Paul’s Cathedral Crypt 1990 ,The Millinery Works Art Gallery, London 2000-15, The Geffreye Museum, London 2007.

Theatre Design

1953 Designed & made masks for Loves Labours Lost, Morley College, London, 1953 Designed & made masks and setting for Le Leu d'Adam et d'Eve, Institut Français, London, 1956 Designed sets for the first British production of Albert Camus’ Les Justes, Tower Theatre, London, 1973 Designed set for Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Royal College of Music, London, 1974 Designed sets for Monteverdi's Il Comabttimento di Tancredi e Clorinda and Dido and Aeneas by Purcell forfor The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 1986 Designed sets for Nania, the Musical City of London Festival, Transferred to New York 1995 One Man Exhibition of Theatre Designs & Models, St Dunstan’s College, Catford Arts Festival

1973 Started teaching, St Dunstan’s College, Catford 1980 Became Head of Art, St Dunstan’s College, Catford 1995 Retired..



The Churchyard, St Dunstan's in the East, 2012, oil on board, 46 x 61

Derek Rothera
Derek Rothera


Also in PAST EXHIBITIONS: - Some of the many exhibitions we have held at the Millinery Works over the last 25 years.

Sara Cawkwell - September 2013
Sara Cawkwell - September 2013

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Ceri House - 2007
Ceri House - 2007

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John Bird
John Bird

by Patrick Macnamara January 30, 2021

JOHN BIRD An exhibition held at the Millinery Works in 2006

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