Richard Denny

Represented Artist

Richard Denny

Represented Artist

Richard Denny is a British born, Melbourne artist whose dynamic works employ a layering, mixed media approach.Richard Denny’s work is held in public and private collections around the world including The Mark Rothko centre.

He combines enamel, acrylics, oil and pencil and irregularly shaped pieces of painted canvas and paper with detailed regional maps from around the world and fixes them onto paper, wood and old doors and stretched linen.His work tells stories of characters both real and imagined.

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Once whilst meandering through the streets of an unusually snow- covered Marseille, Richard Denny discovered an abandoned box of maps. Upon further examination it was an extensive collection, holding topographic portrayals of most regions of France.

As the overlord of general semantics, Alfred Korzybski, once said: “A map is not the territory”. This highlights the notion that one can peer at a map, and understand the layout of the land via it, but the map will only ever signify the geography of what is there, never accurately describe its nuances.

 With any space comes a set of rules and regulations – and with the collision of cultural spheres that permeate the atmosphere the potential for creative ignition is heightened. Due to his lack of French, Denny was effectively a linguistically paralysed mute in the land of Euro- Afro fusion that is Marseille. Maps became his primary interactive tool and fast became a double- edged canvas used to vocalise and navigate his culturally imposed silence.
By deploying the found maps as an actual canvas, and a basis for his characters, he has found a means of dripping flavours of personality and territory over the maps. Using the lines of contour, river, border and road, Denny would paint in his own lines, shapes and textures. Later, from these cartographic cross-hatchings would emerge characters representing people, daily experiences or settings, that Denny acknowledged inhabiting the streets in his new home. He used what little he had at hand to locate himself in his new culture showing telltale signs of a bricoleur.
The works first came to light during a six months stay in Marseille and a further six months in London. Upon his return to Australia, with a sprinkling of time in Cataluña, Marrakesh and various Hanseatic ports thrown into the mix, the stories and body of work continues to evolve.

EXHIBITIONS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 The Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils LATVIA
2016 The odds(Collaboration with  Kristi Kangilaski), Penny Contemporary Gallery, Hobart  TAS AUSTRALIA
2016 Seven, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2014 Tingo, Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS AUSTRALIA
2014 The law of Jante, The Kundas Centre for Naive Art, Viljandi, ESTONIA
2014 The Red Notebook, Traffic Jam Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2014 Fragments of territory, The Museum of Naive Art, Riga, LATVIA
2013 The Bridge, Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS AUSTRALIA
2013 The Description. 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 The 12th Club, Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 The Music of Chance, Rooftop Artspace, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Paper Towns, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 Liminality, Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 The Shipping Forecast, Rooftop Artspace, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Tea with the Fat Badger, St Hellier Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Recalling Territory, C3 Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Is the Map the Territory, Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 In the Shadow of Trellick Tower, C3 Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 The Visitors, Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 HAPPY Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2014 The Mark Rothko Centre, International Residency Exhibition,Daugavpils LATVIA
2013 The Art of Cirque du Soleil, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Art of Spain, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace,  Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 Homage to Frida, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 6×6, Untitled BCN Gallery, Barcelona, SPAIN
2011 Summer Salon, St Hellier Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Inaudible, St Hellier Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Melbourne Representz. Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2009 Troika 6+7, Dragon Hall Gallery, Norwich ENGLAND
2009 Monsters in the Basement, The Brick Lane Gallery. London ENGLAND
2009 6×6, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, SPAIN

GOOD CAUSE

2013 Tasmanian Bush Fire Relief Art Auction , Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS AUSTRALIA
2013 The Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation, Gala& Annual Auction, The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Lighthouse Foundation Annual Art Auction, Gipps Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 You’re Welcome Art Auction for The Refugee Resource Centre, MARS Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Murals on 4 doors of public bathrooms, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Art for Sharks, Art Auction AMCS, Gipps Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Lighthouse Foundation, Annual Art Auction, ACCA, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA

RESIDENCIES

2015 Stavanger Art Gallery NORWAY
2014 Artist residency at the Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, LATVIA
2014  Artist residency at Riklunds Museum, LAPLAND
2012 St Anne’s, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA

WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Mark Rothko centre, Daugavpils LATVIA
The Kondas Centre , Viljandi ESTONIA
The Museum of Naive Art, Riga LATVIA
The National Library of Victoria, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

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