DENNY, Robyn

Robyn Denny  British 1930-2014

Robyn Denny, painter and print maker. Born in Surrey and educated at Clayesmore School, Dorset, he taught briefly, before doing his national service in the Royal Navy. In 1951 he went to Paris, and upon his return to London he enrolled first  at St Martin’s School of Art, then at the Royal College of Art. After graduating at the Royal College of Art in 1957, Denny was awarded a scholarship to study in Italy. On his return he taught part-time at Hammersmith School of Art; Slade School of Art; Bath Academy of Art at Corsham.

Denny’s linear works, dominated his 1973 Tate retrospective, however his earlier work in the late 50, he was a Tachiste in style. His work was influenced by contemporary American painters such as Rothko, Jackson Pollock and the early pop artist Stuart Davis at the Tate in 1956.

After graduating in 1957, Denny showed his work at Gallery One, then with Gimpels Fils. By 1964, Denny was exhibiting at the Kasmin Gallery and enjoyed commercial success at home and abroad. He represented Britain at the 1966 Venice Biennale, and in 1974 held eight solo exhibitions in Europe alone. By the end of the 70s, his work had been acquired by almost every important art institution, including the Tate Gallery and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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