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Al Denyer
updated: 08/27/2012
website: adenyer.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Arctic V
Arctic VI
Arctic IV
Arctic IX
Arctic VIII
Barents Sea III
Barents Sea IV
Northern Sea Route 1,2 & 3
Northern Sea Route 4
Northern Sea Route 5
Northern Sea Route Series (installation)
Flow I
Flow V
Flow XI
Mississippi 1
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, biomorphic, landscape, obsessive, nature, organic, science, systems, optical, mapping
 
 
Arctic V by Al Denyer
Arctic V
Colored pencil on paper
2012
22" x  22" 
Arctic VI by Al Denyer
Arctic VI
Colored pencil on paper
2012
22" x  22" 
Arctic IV by Al Denyer
Arctic IV
Colored pencil on paper
2012
12" x  12" 
Arctic IX by Al Denyer
Arctic IX
Colored pencil on paper
2012
8" x  8" 
Arctic VIII by Al Denyer
Arctic VIII
Colored pencil on paper
2012
8 " x  8" 
Barents Sea III by Al Denyer
Barents Sea III
Colored pencil on paper
2012
30" x  30" 
Barents Sea IV by Al Denyer
Barents Sea IV
Colored pencil on paper
2012
8" x  8" 
Northern Sea Route 1,2 & 3 by Al Denyer
Northern Sea Route 1,2 & 3
Oil pastel on paper
2010
51" x  153" 
Northern Sea Route 4 by Al Denyer
Northern Sea Route 4
Oil pastel on paper
2010
51 " x  51 " 
Northern Sea Route 5 by Al Denyer
Northern Sea Route 5
Oil pastel on paper
2010
51" x  51" 
Northern Sea Route Series (installation) by Al Denyer
Northern Sea Route Series (installation)
Oil pastel on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
Flow I by Al Denyer
Flow I
Graphite on paper
2009
30" x  30" 
Flow V by Al Denyer
Flow V
Graphite on paper
2009
12" x  12" 
Flow XI by Al Denyer
Flow XI
Graphite on paper
2009
8" x  8" 
Mississippi 1 by Al Denyer
Mississippi 1
Graphite on paper
2010
8" x  8" 

Artist Statement

My work is invested in representing conceptual approaches to mapping, aerial views and the aesthetic created from the observation of the earth’s surface as viewed from above.  In the making of my drawings and paintings, the process of layering is used to create a finished work that presents the viewer with a visual amalgamation of both the seen and the unseen mark.  My current work plays with the notion of scale and presents an aesthetic ambiguity similar to that seen from both the macro and micro viewpoints.

The Northwest Passage, which passes through the Barents Sea, and Northeast Passage shipping routes located in Arctic waters are commonly known as the Northern Sea Route.  Following recent record sea-ice melt in the Arctic, these once fabled yet un-navigable shipping routes are becoming increasingly ice free during the summer months and therefore open to commercial shipping.  Alongside the massive environmental impact of such dramatic sea-ice melt in the Arctic, the opening of the Northern Sea Route creates many commercial opportunities for bordering countries.  Oil exploration, as well as the potential for new major shipping ports and refining plants; make this environmental demise one of the world’s most valuable assets.

As a personal response to the recent environmental changes in the Arctic Region, I have created different bodies of drawings and paintings, which explore the aesthetics presented by the coastline and ice sheets of the Arctic and reference a satellite viewpoint.  These works, which play on the aesthetic beauty of the surface and reflective material used, present an interpretation of one of the planets’ most pristine and unspoiled areas.

Ironically, environmental deterioration presents the possibilities of huge commercial gain.  My choice of metallic media in these series’, visually presents the double-edged idea of beauty, physically through surface reflection of each work, and conceptually through the commercial value that we place on natural resources. Fittingly, the International press has labeled the recent commercial interest in the Arctic as the ‘White Gold Rush’.

Artist Bio / CV

Education

MFA, August 1998, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

BA Hons, June 1992, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, England.

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions

2012        

Al Denyer & Sandy Brunvand, two-person exhibition, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

Al Denyer, Barents Shore, solo exhibition The House Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.

2011        Alison Denyer Recent Work  (Two Person Exhibition with Jim Boden) The Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, Lake George, NY.

Al Denyer, ‘Flow’, Drawings.  Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT.         

2009    Al Denyer, ‘Flow’, Drawings.  The Malone  Gallery, Troy University, Troy, AL.

Selected Group Exhibitions.

2012         The I International Triennial of Graphic Arts, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia.     

                 3rd Bangkok Triennale International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Thailand (International juried exhibition) Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Bangkok, Thailand. & The Contemporary Art Gallery, Silpakorn University, Thailand.

Borders and Boundaries, National Juried Exhibition, Harwood Arts Center, Albuquerque, NM.

Axis Gallery 7th National Juried Exhibition, Sacramento, CA.

25th  Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, LA

Treasured: Honoring Precious And Vanishing Worlds, Juried Exhibition, Annmarie Arts Center, Dowell, MD.  

Biotic Semiotics: Drawing on Signs From Nature, Juried Exhibition, Allen Priebe Art Gallery, Oshkosh, WI.        

2011

Drawn Together, ‘Drawing Connections’, The Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy  (Invitational exhibition).

FUSE: Utah Artists Working in Encaustic Juried Exhibition. The Kimball Art Center, Park City, UT.

Clemson National Print and Drawing Juried Exhibition, ‘Place’, Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring: The Global Water Crisis Juried Exhibition, The Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR.

2010   

The Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition, Eastern Kentucky University Gallery, KY