Born in Dublin, based in Southport, Derek Culley originally completed a Masters degree in marketing at Brunel University from 1992-94, concentrating on the visual arts in Britain.
Prior to this, Culley was a founder member and chairman of Celtic Vision alongside Scottish painter John Bellany and the South African abstractionist Denis Bowen, with whom he exhibited in 1986-87.
As a self-taught artist, Culley adopted colours like cannons of light that he vigorously applies to the painting’s surface, developing a signature style.
Art Colony Galicnick residency : Macedonia 1994
BIRD2005 International Art Award – China 2005
The Cill Rialaig Project Ireland – Residency 2008
Recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant 2006-2007. Awarded $25,000 for artistic merit
(Referees: John Hoyland & Stella Santacaterrina).