Catalogue entry

Robyn Denny b.1930

T01830 Slats 1957

Inscribed ‘Denny 57’b.r.
Oil, string paper, cloth tinfoil, wood, 12½ x 20 ¼ (32 x 56.5).
Presented by the artist 1973.
Exh: Tate Gallery, March-April 1973 (not numbered).

T01830 was made while the artist was a student at the Royal College of Art. It is one of several paintings including ‘Painting 1957 (1)’, ‘Eden Come Home’ and ‘Golem 1’ (T01523) made in 1956–57, to which he wanted to give the appearance of having once shown inscriptions or images that had subsequently been obliterated by chance or time. Some of the works were assemblages and tachist in style, and were made with a wide range of informal and unusual materials, as in T1830. Paint was applied with expansive, gestural brushmarks which were often burnt to destroy the imagery in the paint. Before applying the collage in T01830 the artist burnt the wood to give it an old and blackened appearance.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.