Guy Denning

Guy Denning was born in 1965 and is a self-taught English contemporary artist based in France.  His paintings have been in many solo and mixed exhibitions and has a large influence in the Urban Art Scene in Bristol.

Examples Of His Work:

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The majority of his canvases use a variety of colour and mix-media and his focus of interest is usually people. He begins with a dark ground, usually brown or grey thinned pained. Then using compressed charcoal or conte pastel to highlight the sources of shadows.

The key colours that are amongst his work are Black, Naples, Ochre and Lemon Yellows, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red and White.  When the basic painting is completed and dried. Guy Denning will use glaze (oil paint/vanish) to hold the pigment more rigidly for a newspaper grunge appearance. The last layer is a pure white used for highlighting light sources, this will bring out a stronger contrast in his work.

What appeals visually to me about his work are the powerful brush strokes and scratches of the paint he does to bring out the composition. Which gives a grunge, desolate textured appearance.