David Denby

Born in London in 1946, David Denby trained at St. Albans School of Art and Walthamstow School of Art, prior to completing a postgraduate degree at the Royal Academy between 1968 and 1971. In 1970 he won the Royal Academy portrait medal twice, as well as the Leverhulme Scholarship, and the David Murray Scholarship a year earlier.

Denby's first solo exhibition was held in Sweden in 1972 and from then he exhibited there regularly. His work has also been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Portrait Gallery in London. In 2002, the author Julian Gough purchased a painting of Denby's, Plastic Glass, about which he wrote an article in Guardian, winning the artist many devoted collectors. His 2005 exhibition at ARCHEUS, Everything As It Is, was a survey of his more recent works and was a great success.

Denby is highly regarded for his finely executed still life paintings. His is extraordinary work within this genre, employing striking juxtapositions of texture and rich colours always suspended in a delicate pictorial balance reflecting the fragile charm of the beautifully rendered subject matter. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Deakin University Art Collection, Australia.