Derek

SLATER

I am an artist from the North East of England. My main focus is on Ecological and Coal Mining, which are very important in our region, both currently and historically.

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The Coal Miner has a history of working in a job which was arduous, dangerous and unhealthy, yet their contribution to so many aspects of life in coal mining communities and beyond is immeasurable.

Being employed in the mining industry for over 25 years, my interest in the portrayal of the pitman at work in different eras made it an obvious choice for my paintings. The cramped and hazardous conditions are a source of my endeavour to capture the miner in his working environment.

My interest in coal mining art is also well documented by pitmen painters in the North East such as Tom McGuinness, Oliver Kilbourn from the Ashington Group, Bob Olley and Norman Cornish. However it was also an inspiration for artists such as J.M.W.Turner, Sir Frank Brangwyn, Josef Herman, L.S. Lowry, Henry Moore and Keith Vaughan.

It is therefore very inspiring to be painting a theme which was of interest to so many illustrious artists.

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