Derek Blois lived his early years on the coast of Essex, England. After leaving school and serving in the Essex Constabulary for a few years, Derek felt the call of the creative urge where he spent the next five years at Art Schools in Colchester and Brighton gaining a BA (Hons) and then moved to London to work in various Design Agencies. After a couple of years Derek and his family moved to North Norfolk and co-founded Adept Design; a design and creative agency. After 30 years in the business, he decided to call it a day and sold the business to retire and concentrate on his paintings.
With his interest in the subjects of military, maritime and aviation, Derek was commissioned to paint a scenario of the recent successful Libyan conflict involving British forces, the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean and the Army Air Corps Apache attack helicopters. He was invited to present the painting on board HMS Ocean to the Captain and crew. The Army Air Corps commissioned him to paint a representation of The Battle of Brega, part of the Op Ellamy campaign in Libya and this now hangs in their regimental headquarters in Wattisham. He was also commissioned for paintings that now hang at RAF Marham to celebrate 25 years of the Tornado being stationed. Derek is a full member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists and has had his work exhibited at the Mall Galleries with the Guild of Aviation. Derek is happy to receive commissions and all prints of his work can be ordered on his website: www.derekblois.co.uk
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