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Painters | Bath Contemporary Gallery
Brian Denington Brian Denington
Brian Denington | Painter | Bath Contemporary Gallery
Brian Denington is an acute observer of his worlds. Walking into a gallery of his oils, the viewer is confronted with dancers, musicians, nudes, actors and politicians. Immediately one's curiosity is aroused - these figures engage you, fix you with a look or disregard you altogether, being pre-occupied with something else, but whether they look at you or not it is difficult to look away. In Dancer in Green, a sitting dancer looks directly out of the canvas at the viewer. She has a beautiful, slightly quizzical expression and a faint smile. Denington has captured her as though in conversation and as the viewer, you just want to continue with the next point. Dancer at the Barre, a much smaller portrait of a dancer resting at the barre, is so powerful you can almost smell the perspiration and sense her body relaxing. The work of Brian Denington contradicts this. To own one of his portraits, nude or clothed and depicting whatever occupation, is to meet and engage with an interesting and captivating fellow human being. One imagines this artist now in a café or bar somewhere in Europe, quietly observing life around him and in the best tradition of figurative painting, he is able to translate the essence of what he sees to the canvas. And we can all thereby join the conversation. Born in Somerset and trained in fine art, Denington started his career in illustration working freelance for various publishers and agencies in London. At the same time he regularly produced and exhibited his own work with a growing interest in portraiture. Denington has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and was invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Carlow Eigse in Ireland. Later he was engaged as resident artist during the Irish general election campaign. Denington's work can be found in a number of prestigious collections including Warner Brothers USA, Trinity College London and the Office of Public Works Dublin. Nude - Brian Denington Dancer in Green - Brian Denington Dancer in Green Dancer Resting - Brian Denington Dancer Resting II - Brian Denington Nude on Red and Blue Couch - Brian Denington Figure on Bed - Brian Denington Standing Nude - Brian Denington Dancer at the Barre - Brian Denington Dancer at the Barre Kneeling Nude - Brian Denington Nasturtium Still Life - Brian Denington Hyancinth - Brian Denington Seated Dancer - Brian Denington Seated Dancer Pavement Café - Brian Denington Les Deux Magots - Brian Denington Paris Street Scene - Brian Denington Standing Figure - Brian Denington Girl Swimming I - Brian Denington Girl Swimming II - Brian Denington
Brian Denington - Artist Profile
Artist Profile - Brian Denington
Brian Denington, The Swimmer (92 x 105cm, Oil on Board) £3000 Plus Delivery Brian Denington, The Swimmer (92 x 105cm, Oil on Board) £3000 Plus Delivery Brian Denington, The Swimmer (92 x 105cm, Oil on Board) £3000 Plus Delivery Brian Denington, Amy Winehouse ( 36 x 30 inches, Oil on Board) £2500 Plus Delivery Brian Denington, The Wicked Queen ( 90 x 106cm, Oil on Board) £3000 Plus Delivery Brian Denington, GreenTights (101 x 101cm, Oil on Board) £2800 Plus Delivery Brian Denington, Nude With Towel (60 x 82cm, Oil on Board) £1200 Plus Delivery Brian Denington was born in 1944 in Glastonbury, Somerset. He studied fine art and illustration at the South East Essex School of Art from 1961 to 1966. After leaving college he worked for some time as a graphic designer in a London design studio before turning his interests towards figurative illustration and portraiture. Since moving to France he has placed less emphasis on portraiture, and concentrated almost entirely on his figure work. There is now a considerable demand for his nudes and figure studies, and he regularly shows and sells his work in London, Belfast, Dublin & Paris. Artist Statement The advent of the Apple computer changed everything, and for Brian and many professional artists at that time illustration as an art form almost ceased to exist and afterwards Brian concentrated on paintings for exhibition and commissioned portraits. He exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, his commissions were many and varied, such as family & corporate portraits, and Elvis Presley & George Melly for CD albums to oil & water colour portraits of Sir John Barbirolli for his widow Lady Evelyn Barbirolli and to hang in Trinity College London. Before moving to France in 2004 whilst living in Ireland he was invited artist at the Carlow Eigse and the Royal Hibernian Academy, commissioned to produce a large painting for the Dáil in Dublin containing a number of portraits of Irish politicians and heroes of the Republic and later engaged as resident artist during the Irish general election campaign in 2002. He has held a number and a variety of solo exhibitions which have included:
The Taylor Gallery, Joint Exhibition with painter Brian Denington.