Robyn Denny (1930-2014)
One of a group of young artists who transformed British art in the late 1950s, leading it into the international mainstream. Reacting against the mainstream St Ives School of landscape-based painting and inspired by Abstract Expressionism, American films, popular culture and urban modernity, they saw abstract painting as their only conceivable route. Denny studied at St Martin’s School of Art (1951-54) and the Royal College of Art (1954-57). After graduating from the Royal College in 1957 he was awarded a scholarship to study in Italy, then taught part-time at Hammersmith School of Art, the Slade School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. The artist’s first solo exhibition was 1957 at Gallery One, London. The 1960s saw solo shows in Milan, Stuttgart, Cologne, New York, Zurich and London at Waddington, Tooth Galleries and Kasmin Gallery, also at Arnolfini, Bristol. The Tate Gallery presented a Robyn Denny retrospective in 1973.