Robyn Denny was born in 1930 in Surrey, and belongs to a generation of British abstract artists who, having passed through London art schools in the 1950s, had by the turn of the decade made a decisive break with the pastoral abstraction of the preceding era. Having absorbed the practical example of recent American abstract painting and explored a range of solutions to his theoretical interests in contemporary notions of social interactivity and the nature of language, symbol and image in art, Denny had, by the early 1960s, arrived at what we might call his mature style. From this point onwards, pared down abstract compositions were to form the bulk of Denny's production. In 1966 Denny was selected, alongside Anthony Caro, Richard Smith and Bernard & Harold Cohen, to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale and by 1973 had become the youngest artist ever to be given a retrospective by the Tate.
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 'Robyn Denny: Paintings from the '60s', 19 December 2007 - January 2008
About Robyn Denny
British, 1930-2014, Abinger, United Kingdom