Jeffrey Dennis


Jeffrey Dennis was featured in Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures 2008 held at Bloomberg SPACE, London.

His paintings are in the collections of the Arts Council of England, the British Council, the British Standards Institution, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Leeds Art Gallery, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Swindon Museum & Art Gallery, the Tate, Unilever plc and private collections in worldwide.

His work was selected for EASTinternational 2007 at Norwich and has also appeared three times in the John Moores biennial exhibition of contemporary painting, Liverpool, in the Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition in 2010 and 2012, and featured in the British Art Show 3, 1990. He has been exhibiting since 1979, including regular shows at Salvatore Ala in Milan and New York, and a solo show in London at Whitechapel Gallery in 1986.

Dennis currently teaches on the BA Fine Art course and supervises research students at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London.


“My paintings are rooted in daily experience: how people move around, inhabit spaces and make sense of their daily routines. Of particular relevance 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.” – Jeffrey Dennis, 2015