formatting


  John Denning Studio

 
 
Abstract     FIGURATIVE     Sculpture     Archive     News     Bio     Contact    
 
formatting
formatting

Résumé:

Solo Exhibitions

2013 “Horse Play”, John Denning Studio, Sonoma, CA - Sculpture, works on paper, dye-sublimation transfers
2012 “Vernissage”, John Denning Studio, Sonoma, CA - Sculpture, works on paper, dye-sublimation transfers
1998 Galerie Bourda, Paris, France - Works on canvas and paper
1979 Vorpal Gallery, Soho, New York - Works on canvas and paper
1978 Vorpal Gallery, Chicago, IL - Works on canvas and paper
1974 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Watercolors
1972 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA - Watercolors

Selected Group exhibitions

2013 “California Sculpture Slam”, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA
2013 “Peaceable Kingdom-Animals Real and Imagined”, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2011 "Animal Dreams," A New Leaf Gallery | Sculpturesite, Sonoma, CA
2010 San Francisco Art Fair, with Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010 FADA LA Art Show, with Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 New Images of Man and Woman, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2009 Bronze Works, Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2009 Body Works, A New Leaf Gallery, Sonoma, CA
2008 "Body Language II," Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 SOFA, Chicago, with Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 "Works on Paper," Sculpturesite Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 “Vernissage,” inaugural exhibit, Sculpturesite gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 The United States Embassy Hanoi -Art in the Embassies Program
2001 “The Figure Au Plein Air,” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1998 “Bronze Age,” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1997 “Peinture de Californie,” Galerie Bourda, Paris, France
1996 Salon Peinture-Sculpture, Nice, France
1995 “Water Visions 1995,” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1994 “Water Visions 1994,” A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
1993 New Ground Gallery, Oakland, CA
1985-1997 Vorpal Gallery, Soho, New York
1984 Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1975 Sacramento State Fair
1969-1997 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Education

1952-1955 Art Center School of Design, Los Angeles, BA, Full scholarship, graduated Cum Laude

Commissions

2012 “Shadow Dancing” Dye-sublimation transfer, Private Collection, Clayton, CA
2003-2004 “Caravella and Falcon” Larger than life bronze reclining figure, Private Collection, Danville, CA
1996-1997 Granite and bronze fountain for the Heyman residence, Discovery Bay, CA
1996 Granite and bronze wall fountain for the Burmeister residence, Santa Rosa, CA
1995 Bronze water sculpture for the Lee Residence, San Francisco, CA
1993 Stone water sculpture for the Trupiano residence, Walnut Creek, CA
1974 Stained glass window design & menu illustrations for Olema Inn, Olema, CA
1971 Large scale watercolor, triptych, for the Souverain Winery, Napa, CA

Statement:
Since my student days at the Los Angeles Art Center School in the 50’s, where I discovered drawing with live models, I have been fascinated by the human figure. My background in the arts is rooted in painting and drawing with a particular emphasis on watercolor with vibrant colors.

I started sculpting in bronze in the 90's, when my wife Brigitte and I founded a sculpture gallery In Berkeley, CA. When curating bronzes for one of our exhibitions, I thought: "I know I can do this" and my first bronze was a life-sized work, Woman with Birds, which I sold almost immediately. In my sculptures, the worn figures express fragility, motion and entropy: everything and everyone constantly changes. It is especially important for me to express this, since I live in a death-denying society. Like worn and weathered stone, I hope my sculptures are reminders that nothing is permanent.

I have been inspired by painters Nathan Olivera, Richard Diebenkorn, Francis Bacon, and sculptors such as Manuel Neri and Stephen De Staebler.


 

 
 
Abstract  | FIGURATIVE  | Sculpture  | Archive  | News  | Bio  | Contact     formatting

John Denning Studio: visits by appointment only | studio@johndenningstudio.com | (510) 847-9417
Facebook Join us on Facebook  

ManagedArtwork.com