Derek Hare, an internationally renowned British landscape and seascape artist, has nearly 60 years of experience in producing stunning oil paintings for private individuals, companies, and countries. He has lived and worked in multiple countries and has been traveling worldwide to different and varied locations throughout his career. Hare's work has been exhibited regularly, and he continues to do so.
Born and brought up in South Shields, on the North East coast of England, and coming from a family with a seafaring background, the sea has always held a fascination for him. During the 1970s and 80s, Hare spent time in Sweden, Norway, Denmark & Germany, introducing many collectors to his paintings, including corporate clients such as Deutsche Bank, Kreissparkasse, Merck Fink, Barclays, and KPMG.
In the 1980s, HRH Sheikh Maktoum Al Maktoum, the then ruler of Dubai, purchased several oil paintings, including some specially commissioned works. These paintings still remain in the family's collection in the UK and abroad.
Hare's fascination with the sea brought him to Portugal and, later to the Bahamas, in 1990, where he painted various locations, mainly in the Abacos, for over 30 years. His Bahamas seascape paintings continue to be collected worldwide.
In 2003, Hare was commissioned to produce a series of 30 seascape oil paintings promoting the Seychelles as a tourist destination. These paintings received great acclaim and were exhibited in Cork Street, London, opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Seychelles.
Hare's collection of landscape and seascape paintings of India, created following his visits to the country, has been used by the India Tourist Board, now Incredible India. The exhibition "Visions of India" in 2006 displayed a vast array of oil paintings from his time spent there, and India still forms a strong influence behind many of the artist's works.
Derek Hare has curated collections for both residential and corporate clients and produced specially commissioned artworks for private clients, companies, hotels, and super yachts. His seascape paintings can be found both on land and at sea.
Limited and open edition prints of many oil paintings, produced by fine art publishers, have been available since the 1990s. Many of Hare's oil paintings are also found in image libraries and are used for merchandising and marketing purposes as well as in printed publications.
Derek Hare is a Fellow Of The Royal Society Of Arts..