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There is a strongly English, verbal and narrative, wit to Dennis's painting where scale is played with, reducing the figures to characters whose story intrigues and eludes. The greenness of Dennis's country is vivid, beyond the natural, and the landscape made from peas. The artist wrote of this work 'For a landscape, one might choose peas or beans, flowers or a stained wall. But it is important that the chosen surface be a sturdy trampoline for the figures and images that will populate it. Even in our imagination. Gravity can only temporarily defied. The source of some of the imagery in my paintings is a rather inconsequential photographic diary I accumulate. However mundane, something photographed seems to acquire instant generality (infinitely reproducible).
oil on canvas
H 230 x W 214 cm
purchased from Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, 1991
lower panel blc: Dennis 1989 Heartwood