Dennis Creffield b. 1931

Dennis Creffield
 
 
One of the most powerful draughtsmen at work today, the paintings and drawings of Dennis Creffield combine a fidelity to the subject with immense improvisation to fuse empiricism with a profound spirituality. Perhaps most famous for his epic drawings of the cathedrals of England and France, the human body has also been a long-standing preoccupation.

Creffield's work is in numerous museum collections from Tate Britain to Los Angeles County Museum.

Dennis Creffield is represented by James Hyman Fine Art, London.

1931
Born in London

1948-51
Studied with David Bomberg at the Borough Polytechnic, London

1957-61
Studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London
Winner of the Tonks Prize for Life Drawing
Winner of the Steer Medal for Landscape Painting

1961
A prizewinner at the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool

1962-84
Member of the London Group

1964-68
Gregory Fellow in Painting at the University of Leeds

1977
Arts Council Major Award for Painting

1987
Commissioned by the South Bank Board to draw all the medieval cathedrals of England

1990
House of Commons Fine Art Committee commission

1996/94/92/90
The National Trust's Foundation for Art commissions

1997
Rome Abbey Scholarship

2002
Commissioned by globegallery, Hay-on-Wye, to draw Welsh and English castles

2007
Commissioned by James Hyman to produce works on the theme of Jerusalem




Solo Exhibitions:


2011
Dennis Creffield. Jerusalem, James Hyman Fine Art,London

2007
Dennis Creffield. Body and Soul, James Hyman Fine Art, London

2006
Imagining Mozart, Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester

2005
Dennis Creffield. Retrospective Exhibition, Flowers East, London

2002
Impressions of Castles, Drawings of Welsh and English Castles, globegallery, Hay-on-Wye

2001
Orford Ness: The Pagodas and other Buildings, Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery, Suffolk

1999
A Year of Saturdays. Paintings and Drawings of London, Clifford Chance, London

1995
Paintings and Drawings of Orford Ness, Connaught Brown, London

1993-5
Paintings of Petworth, Gillian Jason Gallery, London, touring exhibition to Petworth House; Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham; Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery; Durham Art Gallery; Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

1992
Paintings and Drawings of London 1960-90, Barbican Gallery, London

Selected Paintings and Drawings 1963-83, The Charleston Gallery, Sussex

1991
French Cathedrals, Albermarle Gallery, London

1988-90
English Cathedrals, South Bank touring exhibition to Winchester; Wrexham; Norwich; Peterborough; Durham; Sheffield; Manchester; Brighton; Canterbury; Coventry; Worcester; Exeter; The Camden Arts Centre, London

1989
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Painting and Drawing, Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

1981
The Wraxall Gallery, London

1980
Drawings, Serpentine Gallery, London

Paintings, AIR Gallery, London

1979
Paintings and Drawings, University of Essex, Colchester

1977
Paintings and Drawings, Brighton Polytechnic Gallery, Brighton

1974
Paintings and Drawings, Morley Gallery, London

1971
Paintings and Drawings, Gardner Centre for the Arts, University of Sussex, Brighton

1967
Drawings, Queens Square Gallery, Leeds

1966
Paintings and Drawings, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds




Selected Group Exhibitions:


2011
Beyond the Human Clay, James Hyman Fine Art, London

2009
The Borchard Collection, Artists' Self Portraits, Kings Place Gallery, London

Water Water Everywhere, James Hyman Fine Art, London

2008
Drawn from the Collection. 400 Years of British Drawing, Tate Britain, London

Treasures from the Wilson Collection, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth

2007
A Tribute to Sir Colin St. John Wilson, James Hyman Fine Art, London

Bomberg and The Borough Group, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

2006
Drawing Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria

2004
War Fields Exhibition, The Imperial War Museum, London and The Wolsley Gallery, Ipswich

Bomberg and the Borough, Tate Britain, London

Bomberg and Pupils: The Borough Group, 1946-51, The Boundary Gallery, London

Tom Bendhem: Collector, Contemporary Art Society touring exhibition, 2004-5

2001
Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London

1999
Starting a Collection, Art First, London

1998/97/96
The Ice Gallery, New York

1997
The Art of Drawing, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

1996
Inside Bankside, South London Gallery, London

1995
The National Trust Centenary Exhibition, Christie's, London

1993
The Sussex Scene. Artists in Sussex in the 20th Century, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne and the Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Hove

Portrait of the Artist's Mother from Memory, Flowers East, London

1992-3
Prospects, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Innocence and Experience, Arts Council touring exhibition

Figurative Painting in the 20th Century, The British Council, Sotheby's London and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1991-2
Hortus Cambrensis, Welsh Gardens, touring exhibition in Wales

1991
Marks of Tradition, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

1989-90
New Icons, Warwick University Art Gallery, touring exhibition to Exeter and Lincoln

1988
Cathedral Drawings, The Bar Convent Museum, York

1987
Landscapes, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Drawing into Paintings: Narrative, Arts Council touring exhibition

Past and Present: Contemporary Artists Drawing from the Masters, South Bank Centre touring exhibition

1986-87
English Flower Paintings, Arts Council touring exhibition

1985-8
Rocks and Flesh: British Drawings, touring exhibition

1985
Human Interest: 50 Years of British Art About People, Arts Council

1984-6
Two Dimensions, SE Arts Council/Sweden Exchange Exhibition, Sweden

1983
British Artists at the Cyprus Summer School, Woodlands Gallery, London

Drawings, Anne Berthoud Gallery, London

1982
Figurative Art Today (with Davidson and Epstein), Seven Dials Gallery, London

1981
Drawings, Moira Kelly Gallery, London

3rd Tolly Cobbold Eastern Arts National Exhibition, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, Acme Gallery,
London

1979-80
The British Art Show, Arts Council touring
exhibition

1978
British Painting 1953-1978, The Royal Academy, London

1977
Life Drawing (with John Epstein), Brighton Polytechnic Gallery, Brighton

1972
Brighton Festival, Brighton Polytechnic Gallery, Brighton

1971
Art Spectrum South, Arts Council touring exhibition
Slade Centenary Exhibition 1871-1971, The Royal Academy, London

1967
Nudes, Grosvenor Gallery, London

1966
Survey 66: Figurative Painting, Camden Arts Centre, London

Gregory Fellows (with Neville Boden), AIA Gallery, London

1965
International Exhibition of Drawing, Toronto, Canada

1964
London Group Jubilee Exhibition 1914-64, Tate Gallery, London

1961
Six Young Painters, Arts Council touring exhibition

1960
Seven Figurative Painters, AIA Gallery, London

1957-61
Young Contemporaries (awarded Arts Council Prize 1960), London

1952
Four English Painters (with Holden, Mead and Richmond), Stockholm, Sweden




Collections:


Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Accenture
Arts Council of Great Britain
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford
Balliol College, Oxford
Birmingham City Art Gallery, Birmingham
Brighton University, Brighton
British Land, London
Bury Art Gallery and Museum, Lancashire
Cheltenham Art Gallery, Cheltenham
The Contemporary Art Society, London
The Contemporary Art Society for Wales
Clifford Chance, London
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
The Government Art Collection
East Sussex County Council
The Guildhall Museum, London
Harris Museum, Lancashire
Hong Kong Land
Hong Kong Provisional Regional Council
The House of Commons, London
Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Sussex
Keble College, Oxford
Imperial War Museum, London
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
Leicestershire Museums and Art Gallery
Liverpool University Art Gallery, Liverpool
Long Term Credit Bank of Japan, London
Los Angeles County Museum, USA
Magdalene College, Cambridge
The Mercer Gallery, Yorkshire
The Museum of London, London
The National Trust
Norwich City Art Gallery, Norwich
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Peterborough City Art Gallery, Peterborough
Peterhouse College, Cambridge
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire
St. John's College, Cambridge
South Eastern Arts
Sussex University, Brighton
Swindon Art Gallery, Swindon
Tate Britain, London
Texaco Properties Ltd, London
Towner Gallery, Eastbourne
University College London
University of Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Warwick University, Warwick
Whitworth Museum, Manchester
Williams College Museum of Art, Massachusetts, USA
Worcester City Art Gallery, Worcester




Publications:


Ackroyd, P. and Packer, W., Paintings of Petworth, Gillian Jason Gallery in association with The National Trust's Foundation for Art, 1994

Cork, R., French Cathedral Drawings by Dennis Creffield, Albemarle Gallery, 1991

Creffield, D., Harrison, M. and Kitaj, R. B., English Cathedrals, South Bank Centre, 1987

Dodd, P., Midsummer Night's Dream: Drawings and Paintings by Dennis Creffield, Goldmark, 1989

Hyman, J. and Creffield, D., Dennis Creffield. Jerusalem, London, 2011

Jacobson, H. and Morris, L., Dennis Creffield: A Retrospective, Flowers East, 2005

Martin, R., New Icons Christian Iconography in Contemporary Art, Craigie Aitchison, Stephen Cox, Dennis Creffield, Brian Falconbridge, Michael Finn, Peter Fraser etc..., Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, 1989

Musson, J., Paintings & Drawings of Orford Ness, Connaught Brown in association with The National Trust's Foundation for Art, 1995

Parry-Crooke, C. and Lynton, N., eds., Contemporary British Artists with Photographs by Walia, London, 1979

Spreckley, S. and Wakelin, P., Dennis Creffield: Impressions of Castles, globegallery, Hay-on-Wye, 2002



:


1985
Looking into Paintings. 4 - Narrative, dir. Norbert Lynton, Channel 4

1989
The Invisible Recorder. Dennis Creffield at Three East Anglian Cathedrals, dir. Charles Mapleston, Anglia Television

1996
Summer Painting. Dennis Creffield at Salisbury Cathedral, dir. Carolyn Djanogly, Meridian Films

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