BIOGRAPHY

Richard Denny is a British born, Melbourne artist whose vibrant paintings employ a layering, mixed media approach.  Combining enamel, acrylic, oil, and pencil with irregularly shaped pieces of painted canvas and paper, Denny applies maps from around the world onto to paper, wood, old doors, and linen with which he paints.

Drawing from his experiences in Marseille, where he discovered an abandoned box of maps that he used to traverse the uncharted land, Denny’s body of work tells stories of subjects both real and imagined, where he crafts characters using a collage of maps and materials that aim to exemplify the myriad of human experience and the contours and undulations of both land and body.  As such, Denny auspices to the philosophy that, “A map is not the territory”, highlighting the notion that one can refer to a map to understand the layout of the land, but the map will only ever signify the geography of what is there, never accurately describe its nuances. So it is, with the individual. Often the full depth of what is inside is not on the label.

Denny’s concept was borne during his time travelling however the stories and body of work continues to evolve. Denny has exhibited in both solo and group shows in Australia and Northern Europe. His work is held in public and private collections around the world including The Mark Rothko centre.

EXHIBITIONS

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 The Echo Chamber, Ruki gallery, Viljandi, ESTONIA
2019 Revolver, Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2017 The Era of Silence, The Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils LATVIA
2016 The odds (Collaboration with  Kristi Kangilaski), Penny Contemporary Gallery, Hobart  TAS AUSTRALIA
2016 Seven, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2014 Tingo, Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2014 The Law of Jante, The Kundas Centre for Naive Art, Viljandi ESTONIA
2014 The Red Notebook, Traffic Jam Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2014 Fragments of territory, The Museum of Naive Art, Riga LATVIA
2013 The Bridge, Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart TAS AUSTRALIA
2013 The Description. 19 Karen Contemporary Art Space, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 The 12th Club, Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 The Music of Chance, Rooftop Artspace, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Paper Towns, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 Liminality, Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 The Shipping Forecast, Rooftop Artspace, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Tea with the Fat Badger, St Hellier Street Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Recalling Territory, C3 Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Is the Map the Territory, Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 In the Shadow of Trellick Tower, C3 Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 The Visitors, Chapman and Bailey Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 HAPPY Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2014 The Mark Rothko Centre, International Residency Exhibition,Daugavpils LATVIA
2013 The Art of Cirque du Soleil, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2012 Art of Spain, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace,  Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 Homage to Frida, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD AUSTRALIA
2011 6×6, Untitled BCN Gallery, Barcelona, SPAIN
2011 Summer Salon, St Hellier Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Inaudible, St Hellier Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2010 Melbourne Representz. Per Square Metre Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2009 Troika 6+7, Dragon Hall Gallery, Norwich ENGLAND
2009 Monsters in the Basement, The Brick Lane Gallery. London ENGLAND
2009 6×6, Untitled BCN, Barcelona, SPAIN

GOOD CAUSE

2013 Tasmanian Bush Fire Relief Art Auction , Penny Contemporary Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS AUSTRALIA
2013 The Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation, Gala& Annual Auction, The Grand Hyatt, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Lighthouse Foundation Annual Art Auction, Gipps Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 You’re Welcome Art Auction for The Refugee Resource Centre, MARS Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Murals on 4 doors of public bathrooms, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Art for Sharks, Art Auction AMCS, Gipps Street Gallery, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA
2011 Lighthouse Foundation, Annual Art Auction, ACCA, Melbourne, VIC AUSTRALIA

RESIDENCIES

2015 Stavanger Art Gallery NORWAY
2014 Artist residency at the Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, LATVIA
2014  Artist residency at Riklunds Museum, LAPLAND
2012 St Anne’s, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA

WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Mark Rothko centre, Daugavpils LATVIA
The Kondas Centre , Viljandi ESTONIA
The Museum of Naive Art, Riga LATVIA
The National Library of Victoria, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

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