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ROBYN DENNY (1930 -2014)

Born in the UK in Abinger, Surrey, Denny studied at the St Martin’s School of Art, 1951-54 continuing his studies at the Royal College of Art 1954-57.  He taught painting at Hammersmith College of Art, 1957-59 and Bath Academy of Art 1959-65, also teaching at the Slade School of Art. The artist's first solo exhibition was 1957 at Gallery One, London. In 1960, Denny took part in an Arts Council tour titled Situation. The 1960s saw solo shows in Milan, Stuttgart, Cologne, New York, Zurich and London at Waddington, Tooth Galleries and Kasmin Gallery, also at Arnolfini, Bristol. The Tate Gallery presented a Robyn Denny retrospective in 1973.  Denny was among the first artists in England to establish an abstract style free of natural associations. At one point, in order to emphasise the objectivity of his paintings, he exhibited them resting on the floor, on the spectator’s own ground. In recent years his paintings have become increasingly refined.

Denny is also a renowned print maker. The group of screen prints on our website date between 1968 Waddington Suite; 1974 Mirrors and 1977 Graffiti.

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