Charlie Denning grew up in Milton Keynes, and now lives in Norfolk.
practice, comprising an ongoing project initiated in 2016, considers
architecture through oil paintings on board, which are referred to as
'portraits of buildings'. These are the result of on-foot exploration and
photography of Norwich and surrounding areas of Norfolk, where the artist believes
the vast variety of architecture is taken for granted. For this reason, Denning
removes the buildings from their contexts to elevate them and to draw the
viewer in. Denning researches the histories of the buildings, which in turn influence
the creation of their ‘portraits’ and eventual titling.
Her most recent pieces,
including those displayed here, were created in part due to the personal
significance of the subject matter to the artist. Denning made them to disprove
her own hypothesis of a lack of interesting architecture in Milton Keynes,
where, growing up in the town centre’s estates, the artist felt surrounded by
the Brutalist architecture of the 1960s and early 1970s.