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Denise French holds a Visual Arts Practice Degree from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology which she received in 2006. Prior to attending college Denise had been painting and drawing for many years. Denise's studio is in the heart of Dalkey.
Denise has exhibited her work widely over the past number of years and had her first Solo Exhibition at the Dame Street Gallery in Dublin in May 2007. She has also exhibited in various group shows including the RHA Annual Exhibition, The Lab in Foley Street, Fringe Arts Bath Festival, UK, The Talbot Gallery, Adams Contemporary and Fine Art Auction, Green Acres Gallery in Wexford, Dalkey Arts Gallery in Co Dublin, The Tramyard Gallery in Dalkey, Co Dublin, The Blue Loft Gallery, Ranelagh, Dublin 4, and Airfield House, Kilmacud, among others. Denise's practice is concerned with the events which shape our lives, families and communities, in an abstract format we are invited to participate in each others journey, to be led into our own interpretation of the drawings and the paintings and spend some time wondering how others make their voyage through the world. The works encourage us to contemplate spaces and ways of moving through difficulties into a new space. In the same way that each persons journey is individual so is each persons response to the visual interpretation which Denise offers us in her richly coloured paintings and dramatic drawings. In a new strand of work Denise investigates the fragility of memory and remembering - the layers of remembered events - the truth or untruth that changes our interpretation of our memories, there can be many variations of each memory depending on who is telling the story.
My most recent works are inspired by a cycling holiday in the West of France, the colours and the wild flowers were stunning, I did a series of watercolours while there and then these oil paintings were the final result. Painting is something that sustains me and makes me happy and I hope the results bring a smile to someone else as well. My work is always developing and the mood and type of work changes according to the changes in my situation whether that is geographical or personal. Works can be viewed at the Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery at Brian S Nolan, 102 upper Georges Street, please contact me to arrange a visit.