Dennis was born in Liverpool in 1949, attending St Helens School of Art and the Polytechnic Wolverhampton gaining a Diploma in Art & Design, Ceramics in 1971.
Dennis has lectured at St Helens school of Art, Blackburn School of Art, Harrogate College of Arts and Technology and the University of Wolverhampton. He has been a guest lecturer/demonstrator for colleges and ceramics groups across the UK.
STUDIOS AND MAKING METHODS
Dennis set up studios in Lancashire and West Yorkshire before moving to Shropshire in 1991to take up a lecturing post at the University of Wolverhampton.
His early work was very much influenced by the industrial urban landscapes of East Lancashire and West Yokshire; producing one-off pieces fired to 1260 centigrade alongside raku fired pieces. His current work is more landscape influenced and fired to 1120 C, using a blended black and terracotta body overpainted with engobes and lightly brushed with transparent glaze.
More recently Dennis has been producing paintings in oil and acrylic alongside his ceramics.
Recent works have been influenced by the coastal landscapes around the UK.
Information is gathered working plein air before being developed further in the studio in two and three dimensions. Working in this way allows an interaction of ideas between the different media.
May - June twenty - twenty gallery, Quality Square, Ludlow
June - July Valentines Clays Gallery, Fenton. Stoke on Trent
September/December Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Gt Russell Street,
London. WC1B 3BF
February 20 Special open evening event at JohnsonDesign Partnership, architects,
March 7 'Landscapes Real and Imagined', twenty-twenty gallery, Quality Sq,
March article in 'Shropshire Magazine'
June Work available on-line at www.cambridgeceramics.com;
Special Projects 2021
June 5 - 26 'When the Land Rested' At Twenty-Twenty Gallery, Quality Square,
Ludlow. SY8 1AR Tel: 01584 875363
September to Contemporary Ceramics Centre, Gt Russell Street, London.
September 4/5 CPA - York Ceramics Fair, St John University Sports Hall
Lord Mayors Walk
October 30/31 CPA - Oxford Ceramics Fair, St Edwards School Sports Hall,
Woodstock Road, Oxford. OX2 7NZ
November 21 Godfrey & Watt Xmas Exhibition, 25 st Hilda's Road, Harrogate
HG2 8JX tel: 07702801379 www.godfreyand watt.co.uk
Currently working on a special exhibition project in collaboration with Angela Verdon. 'Unopposing Opposites', a joint exhibition including special collaborative works will open late 2022/23 venues to be announced.
Dennis Farrell, Bolventure, Heighways Lane, All Stretton. SY6 6HN
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