Robyn Denny b.1930
T01837 Figure I 1960
Inscribed ‘Denny 60’b.r.
Oil, pencil and collage of painted papers on paper, 20¾ x 17 (52.5 x 43).
Presented by the artist 1973.
Exh: Tate Gallery, March–April 1973 (not numbered).
In 1960 Denny developed the image of an upright column or slab of colour placed centrally within a light-toned field of few or no motifs. The central column stretched from the base of the picture to at least half way up the picture plane. This appeared as a pictorial space whose dimensions were an addition or an alternative to that suggested by the field in which it was set. The column was either of a single colour or as in T01837 and T01838 rows of different colours. In T01837 these rows are formed by a collage of painted torn paper fixed to a white ground. Denny intended that they should be seen not only as a vertical arrangement but also that the marks on the separate strips should be visually related horizontally and additional paint marks were made after the individual strips had been collaged…