Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE.
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The work exhibited at the Untitled Artists Fair represents a selection of my current themes of Devon and Spanish Landscape, Flamenco Music, Architecture and Studio interiors. Here is a selection of some of the paintings on view. (Also see the catalogue.)
Education: Studied full time at Art at City and Guilds of London Art School, Diploma in Fine Art.
Exhibitions: Major exhibitions in London and Devon, and work in collections in England, France, America.
Commissions: Many commissions, both portraiture and landscape.
Interests: Poet, Jazz pianist, Cricketer & Fives Player.
Profession: Painter, printmaker, recently retired Art Teacher at Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon.
Location: I moved from London to Devon 20 years ago, where I live with my family in a small rural village on the fringes of Dartmoor.
Christopher Hedley-Dent was born in 1952 and is a modern figurative painter, printmaker and designer currently living in mid-Devon. He studied Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School, where he specialised in painting and printmaking.
He taught Art for many years in London and from 2001, worked in the Art Department at Blundell’s School until his retirement in 2014. He is a poet and keen amateur jazz pianist and is currently preparing a collection of his poems for publication that will be illustrated with a suite of his prints.
CURRENT EXHIBITION: "Untitled Artists Fair". The work exhibited at the Untitled Artists Fair represents a selection of my current themes of Devon and Spanish Landscape, Flamenco Music, Architecture and Studio interiors.
RECENT EXHIBITION: "Art @ The Chagford Inn", Saturday 16th May to Sunday 15th August 2015.
One man shows include: The Ebury Galleries, London (1994), The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon (1997), Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington (1998), The Alchemy Gallery, London (1999),The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington (2000), Blundell’s School, Tiverton (2011), Devon Open studios (2011).
He has worked frequently to commission, both public and private. These range from portraiture and landscape to imaginative composition and abstract design. Public commissions include:
- A portrait of Jonathan Leigh, Former Headmaster of Blundell’s School, (2005)
- A picture for the Portobello Community History Project, London (1993)
- CD covers for Hyperion Records (1998) and the Kings Singers (2000)
- Artist in residence at the Mind Sports Olympiad, Royal Festival Hall (1997)
- A suite of lino prints for Poetry Collection, “Some Languages Are Hard To Dream In’ by Lesley Saunders (Mulfran Press 2010)
As a Painter I use a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolour and relief printmaking. I often work thematically. Past themes include the Circus, Arthurian legends and pieces inspired by my own poems. My current work is based on the Devon and Cornish landscape and aspects of Andalucia, Spain. I regard myself as a realist painter but one that uses the resources of 20th century visual language. Cubism is a particular inspiration to me as I am interested in depicting multiple viewpoints. My starting point is work made from observation in the form of studies. These are transformed into more imaginative and abstract pieces as in the current Andalucian series. Drawing is a keystone of my practice.
Recent work includes Spanish and Cornish themes.
In the Andalucian series I am exploring the relationship of landscape to Moorish architecture and garden design and have used a layering technique, with a strong emphasis on the contrast between flat pattern and spatial illusion. Music and dance is implicit in some of these and explicit in the Flamenco pieces.
The Bedruthan sequence is an improvisation on direct observation studies done in Cornwall and focuses on the relationship of geological form to the sea.
The River Yeo paintings are painted on the spot and are paraphrases using transposed colour and strong rhythmic elements.
The Hommage a Gris piece is the starting point for a proposed series of paintings that will explore the interaction of interior and exterior spaces.
A sample of pictures that explores the relationship of the figure to particular environments. I have tried to dramatise this with changes of scale and viewpoint and the use expressive colour contrast. The Games pictures combine different pattern elements to get across the spirit of the games depicted.
This series tries to communicate the complex changing structure of the local Spreyton landscape as you walk through it. I use simultaneous viewpoints as a device to get across the sudden shifts in perspective and light conditions. Form is often fragmented in order to integrate it with the landscape and also to suggest movement. Birds and skulls are used as emblems of the life cycle. The pictures are unpremeditated and develop their own logic organically, mixing memory, imagination and observation.
A new series based on recent trips to New York. I am particularly interested in contrasting the crystalline, pristine high rise architectural forms with the low rise, more grotty and human corners of the city. I have written a sequence of poems that explores this theme and these are informing the visual work.
A selection of paintings from observation that underpin the above studio based series.
The prints develop ideas started in paintings or are based on drawings made on the spot. Composition and dramatic contrast is a prime concern.
I enjoy the decisiveness of working with absolute black as well as the physical carving experience of making the blocks. Vinyl is a yielding material to use and allows delicate as well as bold mark making.
Cornwall, Mawgan Porth
These paintings are an exploration of the environment at Mawgan Porth. They use different perspectives to investigate tide patterns and changing light conditions.
This is a series exploring the interiors of the Islamic palaces in Seville and the Alhambra and combining these with landscape elements from Andalusia. Calligraphic patterns are turning out to be an important constituent of the paintings.