Derrick Greaves was a painter involved with the ‘Kitchen Sink’ artists. He was born in Sheffield on the 5 June 1927.
He was apprenticed to a sign writer for five years, whilst attending evening art classes.
In 1948 he won a scholarship to study at Royal College of Art, London and later won a travelling scholarship to Italy, where he met Renato Guttuso (1912‑1987) and other Italian Realists.
Greaves was part of the ‘Kitchen Sink School’, a group of British Social realists who painted ‘everything except the kitchen sink’. They painted drab everyday objects depicting British post-war austerity, of interior scenes, kitchens and backyards. Other artists included; John Bratby (1928-1992), Edward Middleditch (1923-1987) and Jack Smith (1928-2011). He exhibited with this group at the British Pavilion and the Venice Biennale.
From 1955 he Taught at St Martin's School of Art and in 1983 became Head of Printmaking at the Norwich School of Art.
In 1955 and 1960 he exhibited at the Royal Academy, London.