Lemonhead, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 1200 x 1200mm
Shady Nook, 2018. Acrylic on linen. 650 x 500mm
Walk Right In, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 1200 x 1200mm
Crocodopolis, 2018. 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 1200 x 1200mm
Moonlight Drive, 2018. Acrylic on linen. 350 x 450mm
Atomic Future, 2018. Acrylic on linen. 350 x 450mm
Senses Overloading, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 1200 x 1200mm
Yardbird, 2018. Acrylic on linen. 400 x 400mm
Bunsen Burner, 2018. Acrylic on linen. 400 x 400mm
There is a harmony to Denys Watkins’ paintings which is a result of a lifetime of studio practice, observation and curiosity about the world. Kryptonite is his newest body of work, and true to form is both rich in colour, and ripe with the dynamic and graphic shapes he has become known for. Each work seems at once artificial, yet relatable, and all reveal his exceptional mastery of painting. Poured, spread, brushed and stacked — the balanced forms pulse and vibrate within the canvas.
Denys Watkins is a highly respected contemporary artist with a career spanning 5 decades. He taught as a senior lecturer at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1980–2011 and his work is held in several major collections throughout Australasia. He began his studies at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design from 1962-64, and then in London at both the Central School of Art in 1967, and the Royal College of Art from 1968-70. He has been awarded multiple scholarships throughout his career, and was the recipient of the Artist in Residence programme at the Canberra School of Art in 1985, and the Sanskriti Foundation Residency in India, 2003.