Robyn Denny

(British, b. 1930)

out-line 1 by robyn denny

Robyn Denny

Out-Line 1, 1962



Robyn Denny, born in Surrey in 1930, is one of a legendary group who transformed British art in the late 1950s, leading it into the international mainstream. He studied at the Royal College of Art in the mid-1950s, among a generation that included Richard Smith and Alan Green. Inspired by Abstract Expressionism, American films, popular culture and urban modernity, they recognised abstract painting as their only conceivable route. Denny’s idiosyncratic contemporary voice emerged with the first of the public art projects that have punctuated his career: a mural for the Austin Reed store in Regent Street, London which read ‘Great big biggest wide London’; it epitomised the optimism and confidence of the city at the dawn of the 1960s. As an intensely urban man, the scale and format of Denny’s work relate to built environments, to the human presence among structures rather than to nature.
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
City Art Gallery, Leeds
Ulster Museum Belfast
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh
Council for National Academic Awards
Southampton City Art Gallery
Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford


Galerie Ziegler SA, Zürich, "von Arp bis Tinguely"
Elements of Abstraction: Space, Line & Interval in British Art, Southampton City Art Gallery
Hirschl Contemporary Art, London (solo)
Hirschl Contemporary Art, London (solo)
Hirschl Contemporary Art, London (solo)
Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zürich (solo)
1995 - 1996
Out of Order. Independent Art Space, London
Really Out of Order. Hansard Gallery, Southampton
1993 - 1994
The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Centre, London
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London (solo)


Exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, 1973.
David THOMPSON, Five Young British Artists, XXXIII Venice Biennale