Tribute to Painter Robyn Denny (1930 – 2014)

Abstract painter Robyn Denny (1930 – 2014)  was one of the hip and talented artists to have emerged from the Royal College of Art (where he studied in the 50s), writes Peter Knock.

 

Robyn Denny, early 60s. Photo- Bernard Jacobson Gallery

Robyn Denny, early 60s. Photo- Bernard Jacobson Gallery

 

Great Big Biggest Wide London, Denny’s mural for Austin Reed’s Regent Street store, conveyed classic 1960s new age optimism, and received the ultimate seal of approval as a piece defining of its era when The Beatles asked to be photographed standing in front of it in 1963.

 

Golem I 1957-8 Robyn Denny born 1930 Purchased 1972

Golem I 1957-8 Robyn Denny born 1930 Purchased 1972

Collage (Austin Reed, Version I) 1959 Robyn Denny born 1930 Presented by the artist 1973

Collage (Austin Reed, Version I)

Beatles

 

 

Life Line I 1963 Robyn Denny born 1930 Purchased 1965 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00740

Life Line I 1963 Robyn Denny born 1930 Purchased 1965

 

Markedly different in scale (Denny’s work could be fairly large) the language of his pieces shared much with the paintings of Josef Albers. I enjoyed Denny’s symmetrically composed, highly considered colour palette, paintings and prints; they possessed a terrific overall sense of calm and mystery.

 

[no title] 1970

[no title] 1970

Word Row 1957 Robyn Denny born 1930 Presented by the artist 1973

Word Row 1957 Robyn Denny born 1930 Presented by the artist 1973

Robyn Denny, Baby is Three, 1960

Robyn Denny, Baby is Three, 1960

Robyn Denny Generations 17 Etching & aquatint

Robyn Denny Generations 17 Etching & aquatint

 

There are 85 Denny works in the Tate collection – view them here.

Read Tom Overton on Denny on the British Council’s website here.

Visit Peter Knock’s site here.