Government House, Hong Kong

Dennis Creffield (1931 - 2018)

Charcoal on paper


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  • About the work
    Country: China
    City: Beijing
    Place: British Embassy

    Dennis Creffield's semi-stylised drawing shows the former residence of the British Governors of Hong Kong. Government House was built in 1855 and was redesigned under Japanese occupation during the Second World War. Creffield made this study in 1997, the year of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. Since then, Government House has been used for functions under the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. Dennis Creffield studied under David Bomberg (1890-1957) and something of the older artist's expressionist approach can be seen in Creffield's paintings and charcoal drawings of architecture.

  • About the artist
    Dennis Creffield was born in London and studied under David Bomberg at Borough Polytechnic, London, from 1948 to 1951, after which he attended the Slade School of Art between 1957 and 1961. In 1961, Creffield was a prizewinner in the John Moores Painting Prize, held at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. He would go on to teach at the University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art, as well as other colleges in Britain and abroad. In 1987 the Arts Council commissioned Creffield to draw all 26 medieval cathedrals of England, a project for which he produced more than 600 drawings. His works of art can be found in numerous collections including the Arts Council Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, and the University of Sussex.
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    Government House, Hong Kong
    Charcoal on paper
    Purchased from the artist via C Roger Moss, March 1999
    C. Roger Moss, Hong Kong
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