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Jeffrey Dennis 2008 'The Free Ground' oil &
charcoal on canvas 56 x 72 cm
...he seems to be painting a contemporary netherworld,
the catacombs of modern urban life, a place connected to
everywhere else by underground conduits. If he keeps on
digging he might well come up in your living room. Watch
Adrian Searle Time Out
Past paintings have embedded glimpses of contemporary urban life within landscapes of processed peas,rotting fruit or Victorian wallpaper designs and, more recently, the 'bubblescape' an organic matrix which seems to offer the potential for continual mutation and evolution.
My work is rooted in daily experience: how people move around, inhabit spaces and make sense of their daily routines. Of particular relevance to this and to the structure of my paintings are the ideas of proximity,contiguity and adjacency: these terms express the abrupt collisions of incident and thought, the habits nurtured by travellers and inhabitants to protect personal space and the interrupted narratives of encounters and conversations. The paintings themselves provide a fluid, mutable net to hold narrative fragments and connective elements in place; a landscape corresponding to the fragmentary mental maps which people construct in order to give their existence some measure of meaning.
An extensive solo show, Ringbinder, was recently at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK and a book is planned to accompany this (published by Slimvolume, May 2017). I have been exhibiting since 1979; internationally since 1984.
My paintings are in the collections of the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the British Standards Institution, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Leeds Art Gallery, Priseman Seabrook, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Swindon Art Gallery, the Tate, Unilever plc and private collections in UK, Europe, USA and Asia.