Robyn Denny

1930-2014 - works available 

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Robyn Denny, born in Abinger, Surrey in 1930, was one of a group who transformed British art in the late 1950s, leading it into the international mainstream. He studied at the Royal College of Art in the mid-1950s, among a generation that included Richard Smith and Alan Green. Inspired by Abstract Expressionism, American films, popular culture and urban modernity, they recognised abstract painting as their only conceivable route. Denny’s idiosyncratic contemporary voice emerged with the first of the public art projects that have punctuated his career: a mural for the Austin Reed store in Regent Street, London which read ‘Great big biggest wide London’; it epitomised the optimism and confidence of the city at the dawn of the 1960s. As an intensely urban man, the scale and format of Denny’s work relate to built environments, to the human presence among structures rather than to nature.

Robyn Denny was married to Marjorie Abela and divided his time between his homes in London and France. Denny has three children, Dominic, Lucy and Ned Denny. He was previously married to the British watercolour artist Anna Teasdale whom he met at St Martin's School of Art.

Robyn Denny is represented by Laurent Delaye Gallery, London: Laurent Delaye.