Passion For Sale – Guy Denning And Frank E Rannou At Signal Gallery
If their is one criticism about the art being produced currently, it is the lack of intense emotional response after viewing it. But when it comes to the work of Guy Denning, the opposite may be true. And his latest exhibit at London’s Signal Gallery, “We Are All Prostitutes” with Frank E Rannou, Mr. Denning once again proves that he is a master at capturing the essence of human emotion in his subjects and his patrons.
Guy Denning – Like Someone Who Has Lost The Way – 2011
Dealing with controversial subjects is commonplace for Mr. Denning. Last year he honored the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a show a few blocks away from the original tragedy. Hosted by Brooklynite Gallery, the show was an ambitious mix of paintings detailing the emotions of the day and the ones that followed.
Guy Denning – Occupy (Weather Report) – 2011
More recently, Mr. Denning has featured “a drawing a day” on his Facebook page and the Occupy demonstrations were featured regularly. Of the limited artwork we’ve viewed as the result of the Occupy movements, Mr. Denning’s passion for current events captured the essence and spirit of the protests while accurately featuring their message.
But his latest exhibition, “We Are All Prostitutes” with French painter Frank E Rannou, has Mr. Denning once again featuring women in his paintings and drawings but with a much more jagged edge shown in previous works.
Guy Denning – Aggression, Competition, Ambition – 2012
Focusing on the exploitation of women by society, Mr. Denning’s paintings and drawings feature women strikingly portrayed in their most vulnerable state. The canvases and drawings are layered with detail forcing viewers to stare at these captivating images.
Guy Denning – Our New Cathedrals – 2012
For those who don’t have a minimum of $1,300 to spend on a painting (Our New Cathedrals is currently selling for approximately $3,300), there are several amazing drawings for sale.
Guy Denning – study for Aggression, Competition, Ambition – 2012
Priced around $700 after conversion, Mr. Denning’s drawings are an excellent value and are always admired by his Facebook followers.
From a pure investment standpoint, the only thing holding back the value of Mr. Denning’s works is his productivity. Obtaining a piece by this self-trained artist isn’t difficult as he produces a voluminous amount of work each year.
And when you consider the amount of work that goes into each piece, one must wonder whether or not Mr. Denning has a difficult time sleeping at night.
As owners of several pieces by Mr. Denning, there is no question that we believe his works will improve in value over time. While they may not share the same exponential increase as the latest Banksy print, Mr. Denning’s work will offer an intensely personal experience for its owners and their friends. Eventually, Mr. Denning’s works will enjoy a similar value, and respect, as paintings by Francis Bacon and Michael Andrews. You can bank on it.