Roybn Denny, an artist who has been described at rebellious, radical and pioneering, pushed the boundaries of the contemporary British art scene in the 1960s with large-scale abstract paintings now on show at the New Art Centre.
The impact of the works in the gallery space is arresting. Perhaps due not only to the monumental scale of the works, but also the colour palette of dark shades, rich blue pigments from deep indigo to forest green and aubergine juxtaposed with vibrant blue and turquoise. The threatening grey skies, and limited natural light may well have added to the experience today.
The gallery staff explained how they were asked to display the paintings six inches above the floor so that they are at the right height for viewers to be drawn in to the portals of colour.
“Denny's large-scale, colourful abstract paintings embody the cool, modernising mood we associate with the 1960s, yet some of his work can also have a more sombre and enigmatic presence, which conversely makes some of the paintings seem utterly timeless” New Art Centre.
A selection of intriguing small-scale works are also on show; mixed media collage works on card using coloured sticky tape.
The exhibition runs from 10 Nov 2018 – 13 Jan 2019.