Derrick has had over twenty years of solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He studied fine arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University. He was awarded a prestigious Samstag Scholarship in 1998 and spent two years studying at Pratt Institute in New York. He has been a finalist is various art prizes such as the Doug Moran portrait prize, Substation contemporary art prize and the Metro Five art prize. He was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship and completed at PHD at RMIT University in 2010. His PHD explored the intersection between oil painting and 3D computer-generated game environments. He is also an independent curator and was the visual arts curator of the “Dark Luminance” exhibition exploring real and virtual gallery environments. The exhibition travelled to New York in 2008 and Melbourne in 2009. Joe Bendik for the Chelsea Clinton Press in New York wrote about the exhibition, “sometimes I encounter an exhibition that is so overwhelming, covers so much territory and breaks so much new ground, it is difficult to write about”.