Biography

"My prints manifest a minimal approach to the medium of printmaking. I employ various techniques to achieve certain lightness and spatial quality. The overall effect of my work is one of calm, order and simplicity. Time spent in Japan and my interest in Zen Buddhism has influenced many aspects of my life and work."

denny longIn 1968, Denny Long a 3D design (ceramics) student at Bristol Art College (now UWE), travelled to Japan to research glaze techniques and materials for her dissertation. It was to be a pivotal point for her in many ways. With an introduction from Janet Leach, a visiting tutor at Bristol Art College, she stayed in the ceramics village Mashiko, in the home of Shoji Hamada the celebrated potter. She also became deeply interested in Zen Buddhism, which has influenced many aspects of her life and work.

Denny's etchings manifest a minimal approach to the medium, employing fine linear techniques combined with aquatint, Chine colle and collagraph. She uses universal symbols both ancient and timeless, the circle signifying the cosmos, the sun, the moon. The spiral, an idea of death and rebirth, rice grains, all living things or good fortune, the square, emblematic of the four corners of the earth and the triangle a favoured motif, representing a mountain or the posture of meditation. Both her printing papers and inks reflect the colours of nature, terracotta, ochres, browns, blacks and greys. The overall effect of her work is one of calm, order and simplicity.

Denny gained a B.A. in 3D Design specialising in ceramics, a B.Ed and A.T.D. at The West of England College of Art, which became the University of the West of England. She went on to become an art teacher and lecturer in Bristol and became involved in the national and international art world through her husband the Land Artist Richard Long. Denny freelanced as a curator and with her colleague Penny Clark founded the highly successful Artworks group, promoting the work of established and emerging artists. In 1996 she re-located to Cornwall and gained an M.A. in Fine Art at University College Falmouth. She is an Academician at the Royal West of England Academy of Art in Bristol, showing painting, prints and collage. She is a member of Penwith Printmakers, St Ives Society of Artists, Associate member of the Penwith Society, St Ives Arts Club and a member of Newlyn Society of Artists.

Denny Long R.W.A and Co-Director Jonathan Grimble manage Westcotts Gallery. Jon owned Market House Gallery in Marazion from 2000-2004, which included The Printworks, a living space for an artist with a studio. Jon moved to Porthminster Gallery ,St Ives and ran it successfully until Westcotts Gallery opened. Prior to opening Market House gallery Jon ran a flourishing white goods business in Sussex and was a collector of Modern Art with his late wife.

Westcotts Gallery opened in 2008, specialising in the St Ives Post War Period of Modernist abstract art, encompassing paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics,glass, art books and cards. Also on show are works by contemporary artists working mainly in the West Penwith area.

Denny and Jon are the executors of the estate of the late Sandra Blow R.A. Jon owns her studio and arranges visits throughout the year for enthusiasts of her work, plus students.F.F.I. Tel: 01736 795888/756006.

2014

  • 2014 Newlyn Society of Artists, Flux, Heseltine Gallery, Truro
  • 2014 Penwith Gallery¬†

2013

  • 2013 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Open Exhibition and Drawing exhibitions.
  • 2013 St Ives Society of Artists Print Show

2012

  • 2012 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Open Exhibition and Drawing exhibitions.
  • 2012 Amnesty International 50, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

2011

  • 2011 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Open Exhibition.

2010

  • 2010 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Open Exhibition.

2009

  • 2008-9 Westcotts Gallery, St Ives
  • 1999-2009 Royal West of England Academy, Autumn Open Exhibition and Drawing exhibitions.
  • 2009 A Cornish Perspective.NSA@RWA Bristol
  • 2009 St Ives Society Exhibitions
  • 2009 Penwith Gallery St Ives Exhibitions
  • 2009 Penwith Printmakers Annual Exhibition

2007

  • St Ives Society of Artists Members' Spring Exhibition
  • The Mall Galleries, London, 'Originals'
  • Penlee House Art Gallery and Museum, 'Printmaking in Penwith'

2006

  • Newlyn Society of Artists, 'Working Small'
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Spring, Summer and Winter Exhibitions
  • St Ives Society of Artists, Spring, Summer and Autumn Exhibitions
  • Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition
  • Penwith Printmakers Annual Exhibition
  • St Ives Arts Club, Members Exhibition
  • The Old Custom House, Penzance, 'Three Artists'
  • Lander Gallery, Truro, Penwith Printmakers Exhibition
  • The Drawing Room, Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

2005

  • Penwith Printmakers @ The Old Custom House, Penzance
  • RWA, Bristol. Autumn Open Exhibition
  • Falmouth Arts Centre 'Summer Light' Exhibition
  • St Ives Society Open Exhibition
  • St Ives Society of Artists, Print Exhibition
  • Penwith Printmakers Annual Exhibition
  • Penwith Galllery, St Ives, Summer Exhibition
  • Falmouth Arts Centre, 'Lotus in Bloom'
  • RWA, Bristol, Open Painting Exhibition
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Spring Exhibition

2004

  • Mid Cornwall Gallery, Par, Penwith Printmakers
  • Campden Gallery, Chipping Camden, Glos, 'In The Air'
  • RWA, Bristol, Open Print Show and Autumn Open Exhibition
  • Falmouth Art Gallery, 'Suns and Moons'
  • Mariners Gallery, St Ives, Penwith Printmakers
  • Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Winter Exhibition
  • Gallery 49, Falmouth, Penwith Printmakers

2003

  • 2003 Yew Tree Gallery, Morvah

2002

  • 2002 Dick The Dog Gallery, Penzance

2001

  • 2001 Falmouth College of Arts, Falmouth
  • 2001 Walcot Chapel, Bath
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