Derek Marshall

Derek Marshall

Winter Studio in New Hampshire

 Spring Studio with lilacs in bloom

Spring Studio with lilacs in bloom

 Summer Studio

Summer Studio

 Autumn sunrise over Ossipee Mountains

Autumn sunrise over Ossipee Mountains

 

About

Derek was educated in England and at Columbia University. He attended graduate school at the City University of Fine Art in Kyoto, Japan (Kyoto Geijitsu Daigaku).

He has been a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen since 1971 and has won numerous awards for his work in ceramics and lighting, among which was a dinner service for use in the White House.

Derek Marshall Lighting LLC caters to discriminating buyers worldwide looking for the finest designs in lighting. With an influence definitely Asian but an execution all his own, his work crosses geographic boundaries and times. The endurance of good art is at the heart of his work. His inspirations are many and not the least of these are the gardens that surround his house and a large collection of orchids and other unusual flora he has maintained for many years.

Form, Function, Color and Texture...these elements are vital to any interior. The lighting you choose must excel in all these categories.  We invite you to see why Derek Marshall's designs for wall sconces, table lamps and pendant lighting have won national awards year after year for residential, commercial, office, restaurant and home theater applications.

Please call with any questions you may have. Our phone at 800-497-3891 is answered during extended business hours Eastern Time. Our customer service has been rated as the best by our customers, so please don't hesitate to try us.

Artist's statement

More about me...

I am a three-dimensional person, by nature, a maker of things most of my life. I enjoy designing anything, especially functional items around and among which people’s lives occur. For me, this has for many years been pottery, an art form that deeply moved me when I lived in Japan in the 60’s and 70’s. In fact, my debt to the Japanese sensibility in so many ways is immeasurable.  If you think you see some connection to Japanese aesthetics in my work, then there is a reason. I do not attempt to emulate Japanese design, but I try to reflect their philosophy in considering what makes a design good.

I enjoy the puzzle of making things. What began in the brain must eventually reveal itself through the hands to be shared with others. This, I think, is the nature of art: Art is what humans do; it is the essence of our natures.  Some art is good; some is not, yet it remains art. As an artist, I strive to create the best. As collectors, we must also search out the best we can afford.

I consider myself a craftsman also, someone with skill in making things. It does not necessarily follow that an artist is a craftsman, and vice versa.  To be good at both, however, is important, especially for the artist-designer like myself who is ultimately responsible for the final product that began as some faint neural process deep in the brain.

Well, that probably is enough. Art must finally be judged outside the context of anyone’s statements. Success in art is not conditional on words or explanations. You alone will judge.

Derek Marshall, artist-craftsman-designer