Derek Joseph Ashby


Artist biography

Derek Joseph Ashby is regarded as a well established artist, Derek Joseph Ashby was born in 1926. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Alan Reynolds, Agnetti Vincenzo, Dzidra Ezergaile, Robert Filliou, and Claude Autenheimer.

Further Biographical Context for Derek Joseph Ashby

Born in 1926, Derek Joseph Ashby's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1930s. on a global scale this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s leading political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.