From Daily Post…
A MERSEYSIDE artist has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant – considered by the art world as their equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
Birkdale-based painter Derek Culley last night said he was thrilled to have received the $25,000 grant, as it would not only facilitate his ambition to establish himself in America, but comes from the foundation set up by his artistic hero, Jackson Pollock.
The Dublin-born self-taught artist has always spent his creative life focusing on evolving his unique style rather than making money. However, he said this grant will enable him to concentrate on his work in his studio – a short hop from the Southport Arts Centre – for at least the next 12 months.
The 53-year-old father-of-five subsidised his income by working in computing, but took the plunge to become a full-time painter just two years ago.
He said: “Jackson Pollock is one of my favourite all-time artists – he is my hero. I have always loved his work.”