This book was published to coincide with the artist's solo exhibition Paintings 1952 - 1992, 28 May - 27 June 1993.
Derek Hirst's work is uniform only in its insistence on dramatic shifts of emphasis and advocacy of a radically transforming visual language. At different stages in an involved artistic mier, Hirst dedicated attention to an exceptionally varied subject matter, whilst deploying media ranging from oils, dyes and acrylic to less conventional materials such as sand, plaster, rope, and dried reeds. The style of his work, too, permuted from precisely calculated, hard-edged colour, to a luminous blending of surfaces and tones.
The publication features essays by Robert Heller, Keith Sutton, Peter Fuller, and the artist himself.