Robyn Denny

Robyn Denny (1930-2014)

was known internationally as a painter of abstracts and he was also a teacher of art. He was born at Abinger, Surrey, and studied at St Martin’s School of Art 1951-54 and later at the Royal College of Art 1954-57. After graduating he was awarded a travelling scholarship to Italy. Denny had his first solo show at Gallery One in London 1958. He was inspired by Abstract Expressionism and influenced by the leading American colour-field painters. He accepted a teaching post at the Hammersmith College of Art 1957-59, at the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham 1959-65, and later at the Slade School of Art, London and a visiting professorship at Minneapolis School of Art, USA. Denny represented Britain at the Venice Biennale 1966 and he had a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery 1973. He showed regularly with the Waddington Galleries in London and with Bernard Jacobsen in New York. Denny lived in Los Angeles 1981-86. His work is held in many public collections internationally including Arts Council of England; British Council; Government Art Collection; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Sydney; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Tate Gallery; and the Victoria & Albert Museum. He died at his home in France.

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