Outline 6

Robyn Denny (1930 - 2014)

Oil on canvas

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  • About the work
    Since the early 1960s, Robyn Denny has made paintings and prints that use colour and form in a controlled and resolutely abstract way. Often produced in series, each work contains subtle and often minute variations to explore space and the perceptual expectations of the viewer.
    Outline 6 combines vertical rectangular shapes and lines with a range of complementary colour tones. His work has been described as having a lightness and coolness of approach that belies the intricate planning which goes into each piece. The work presents a system of signs and geometric symbols which are designed to challenge the viewer, while resisting easy interpretation. Denny himself offers few clues, remarking in 2002:
    I don't like talking about my work in an interpretative way. I never describe and I never explain.
  • About the artist
    Abstract artist Robyn Denny, currently lives and works in London. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art from 1951 to 1954 and at the Royal College of Art from 1954 to 1957. He has taught painting at Hammersmith College of Art, Bath Academy of Art and at the Slade in London. His first solo exhibition was held in London in 1958 and he was the youngest artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, in 1973. He is known for his designs in the interior of Embankment Tube.
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    Subjects
    rectangle, abstract
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Title
    Outline 6
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 151.50 cm, width: 121.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Kasmin Gallery, June 1964
    Inscription
    none visible
    GAC number
    6515