is an acute observer of his
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.
has a beautiful, slightly quizzical expression and a faint smile.
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
The work of Brian Denington
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
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.
has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters
and was invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy
and the Carlow Eigse
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.