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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).

British Council Collection

London


Date

1989

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 230 x W 214 cm

Accession number

P5893

Acquisition method

purchased from Salvatore Ala Gallery, New York, 1991

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

lower panel blc: Dennis 1989 Heartwood


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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group, 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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