Robyn Denny, born in South Africa in 1972, is a painter and video artist.
Denny majored in painting at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, then attained a Master of Fine Arts from Goldsmiths College in London, where she graduated primarily in video art.
After graduation Denny co-curated JUNCTURE in London and Cape Town, the critically renowned group show, and created her own video-installation for it – Earth, Air, Fire, Water.
This led her to further her film studies at the New York Film Academy in London, Denny’s short film Green Mandala won official selection at the Palm Springs and Durban International Film Festivals.
A solo exhibition of large black works, INK PAINTINGS Underground at The Hudson, marked the artist’s return to painting. The underground floor of The Hudson building was emptied to make way for a cavernous installation in which subterranean darkness was pierced by vaults of light. These spot-lights illuminated the film-screen scale paintings. INK PAINTINGS pre-figured further installations which came to fuse elements of lighting, film, painting and performance:
At GalleryMOMO, Denny, co directed with Mamela Nyamza, a multi-panel film projection of the collaboration Hatched 2015 creating a proscenium arch effect, a filmic backdrop for Nyamza’s live performance. The three suspended canvas screens partially enfolded to form a videographic triptych in three acts.
Hatched 2015 was then selected as a video piece at LOOP Barcelona. In Madrid, Slowtrack Gallery re-incorporated the live performance in front of the three screens. Yet it was their integration into the space of Denny’s paintings that completed the series. New echoes and resonances of the collaborative process found expression in the interplay of film, dance and painting.
Denny’s INDIGO – Passage to Healing paintings were selected for AKAA Paris 2017. She has also been selected for the Dakar Biennale 2018.
2017 AKAA Paris Art Fair
2016 SLOWTRACK (Marta Moriarty Gallery) Madrid
2016 LOOP Barcelona
2016 Gallery MOMO, Cape Town
2014 Lovell (Sulgel-Buel Lovell) Gallery, Cape Town
2013 Lovell (Sulgel-Buel Lovell) Gallery, Cape Town
2013 AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2010 Studio Exhibition, Cape Town
2007 Hudson Building, Cape Town
2002 Diploma in Film Making: The New York Film Academy, London
2000 Master of Arts in Fine Arts: Goldsmiths College, University of London
1997 Honours in History of Art: University of Cape Town (Irma Stern Scholarship)
1994 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts: Michaelis, University of Cape Town