Christopher Hedley-Dent

Current Exhibition

Moor to Morocco

The Chagford Inn
Monday 13th November 2017 – Sunday 11th February 2018

The Chagford Inn, 7 Mill Street, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AW
Tel: 01647 433109

Private View

- Saturday 18th November, 4.00pm – 6.00pm
- Thursday 30th November 6.00pm – 8.00pm

I hope to see you at some point during the exhibition.

The work on display in my second exhibition at the Chagford Inn explores the landscape of Devon and the mysterious architectural spaces of Marrakesh. The particular Dartmoor sites I have painted from are at Meldon Hill, painting to a much more formal abstract language as in the case of some Brat Tor and Spreyton.

As ever I have used a variety of approaches, ranging from direct observational of the Moroccan series. I have also been interested in incorporating the figure in a number of these. The more abstract pieces aim to distil experience and memory.

Here is a selection of the paintings on view:

01Cawsand I 02Cawsand II 03Meldon Field towards Haytor

04Meldon Field Farm 05Meldon field North East 06Meldon Field South

07Three Clouds at Brat Tor 08Brat Tor towards Arms Tor 09Bridge at Brat Tor 10Brat Tor towards Brentor

11Morocco Medina I 12Morocco Medina II Fugue 13Morocco Medina III

14Morocco Donkey 15Morocco Snake Charmer 16Morocco Dried Fruit Stall 17Morocco Medina with Figures

18Morocco Colour Studies 19Andalucian Landscape with Mesquite watercolour

20Edge of Moor viewpoints

Profile

self-portraitBorn 1952.

Education: Studied full time at Art at City and Guilds of London Art School, Diploma in Fine Art.

Exhibitions: Major exhibitions in London and Devon, and work in collections in England, France, America.

Commissions: Many commissions, both portraiture and landscape.

Interests: Poet, Jazz pianist, Cricketer & Fives Player.

Profession: Painter, printmaker, recently retired Art Teacher at Blundell’s School, Tiverton, Devon.

Location: I moved from London to Devon 20 years ago, where I live with my family in a small rural village on the fringes of Dartmoor.

Contact: hedley-dent@eclipse.co.uk

Christopher Hedley-Dent was born in 1952 and is a modern figurative painter, printmaker and designer currently living in mid-Devon. He studied Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School, where he specialised in painting and printmaking.

Andalucian Diptych II. 40 x 60 inches. Oil on Canvas.

He taught Art for many years in London and from 2001, worked in the Art Department at Blundell’s School until his retirement in 2014. He is a poet and keen amateur jazz pianist and is currently preparing a collection of his poems for publication that will be illustrated with a suite of his prints.

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Exhibitions

Current Exhibition

"Moor to Morocco" at the Chagford Inn, Mon 13th Nov 2017 – Sun 11th Feb 2018. The work on display in my second exhibition at the Chagford Inn explores the landscape of Devon and the mysterious architectural spaces of Marrakesh.

Past Exhibitions

"Untitled Artists Fair". The work exhibited at the Untitled Artists Fair represents a selection of my current themes of Devon and Spanish Landscape, Flamenco Music, Architecture and Studio interiors. June 2016.

"Art @ The Chagford Inn", Saturday 16th May to Sunday 15th August 2015.

One man shows include: The Ebury Galleries, London (1994), The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon (1997), Rosemoor Gardens, Torrington (1998), The Alchemy Gallery, London (1999),The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington (2000), Blundell’s School, Tiverton (2011), Devon Open studios (2011).

Commissions

He has worked frequently to commission, both public and private. These range from portraiture and landscape to imaginative composition and abstract design. Public commissions include:

  • A portrait of Jonathan Leigh, Former Headmaster of Blundell’s School, (2005)
  • A picture for the Portobello Community History Project, London (1993)
  • CD covers for Hyperion Records (1998) and the Kings Singers (2000)
  • Artist in residence at the Mind Sports Olympiad, Royal Festival Hall (1997)
  • A suite of lino prints for Poetry Collection, “Some Languages Are Hard To Dream In’ by Lesley Saunders (Mulfran Press 2010)

Artist Statement

As a Painter I use a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolour and relief printmaking. I often work thematically. Past themes include the Circus, Arthurian legends and pieces inspired by my own poems. My current work is based on the Devon and Cornish landscape and aspects of Andalucia, Spain. I regard myself as a realist painter but one that uses the resources of 20th century visual language. Cubism is a particular inspiration to me as I am interested in depicting multiple viewpoints. My starting point is work made from observation in the form of studies. These are transformed into more imaginative and abstract pieces as in the current Andalucian series. Drawing is a keystone of my practice.

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Recent Work

Recent work includes Spanish and Cornish themes.

In the Andalucian series I am exploring the relationship of landscape to Moorish architecture and garden design and have used a layering technique, with a strong emphasis on the contrast between flat pattern and spatial illusion. Music and dance is implicit in some of these and explicit in the Flamenco pieces.

Andalucian Diptych I. 20 x 48 ¼  inches. Oil on Canvas.  Andalucian Diptych II. 40 x 60 inches.  Oil on Canvas.  Andalucia III.  39 ¼ x 39¼ inches. Oil on Canvas.
Study for Andalucian Diptych I. 7 ¾ x 19 ½ inches Oil on Canvas.  Andalucia I.  21 ½ x 31 inches. Watercolor and Gouache.  Andalucia II.  22 ¾ x 31 inches. Watercolor and Gouache.  Andalucia III. 22 ¾ x 31 inches.  Watercolor and Gouache.
Flamenco I. 16 x  20 inches. Oil on Canvas.  Flamenco II.19 x 24 inches. Oil on Canvas.  Study 1 for Flamenco II,  20 x 27 ½ inches. Charcoal on tinted paper   Study 2 for Flamenco II.  20 x 27 ½ inches. Charcoal on tinted paper

The Bedruthan sequence is an improvisation on direct observation studies done in Cornwall and focuses on the relationship of geological form to the sea.

Bedruthan I.  16 x 12 inches.  Acrylic on Canvas  Bedruthan II.  8 x 19 ½ inches. Acrylic on Canvas  Bedruthan III.  12 x 12 inches. Acrylic on Canvas

The River Yeo paintings are painted on the spot and are paraphrases using transposed colour and strong rhythmic elements.

Yeo River, Spreyton I.  19 ½ x 23 ½ inches. Oil on Canvas.  Yeo River, Spreyton II.  19 ½ x 27 ½ inches. Oil on Canvas.

The Hommage a Gris piece is the starting point for a proposed series of paintings that will explore the interaction of interior and exterior spaces.

Hommage a Gris. 30 x 20 inches.  Oil on Canvas  Study for Hommage a Gris. 16 x 12 inches. Acrylic on board.

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Figure

A sample of pictures that explores the relationship of the figure to particular environments. I have tried to dramatise this with changes of scale and viewpoint and the use expressive colour contrast. The Games pictures combine different pattern elements to get across the spirit of the games depicted.

Chiswick Concerto: 36x48 inches. Oil on canvas.  Portobello Pageant (Commission): 48x52 inches. Oil on canvas.  Circus: The Ventriloquist 48x36 inches. Oil on canvas.  Self portrait with sheep's skull 18x24 inches. Oil on canvas.  Oware Backgammon

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This series tries to communicate the complex changing structure of the local Spreyton landscape as you walk through it. I use simultaneous viewpoints as a device to get across the sudden shifts in perspective and light conditions. Form is often fragmented in order to integrate it with the landscape and also to suggest movement. Birds and skulls are used as emblems of the life cycle. The pictures are unpremeditated and develop their own logic organically, mixing memory, imagination and observation.

Pheasants: 18x24 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  Pheasants Startled: 20x30 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 1: 48x36 inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 2, Buzzard: 48x36 inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 3: 39¼ x 31½ inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Footpath 4: 31½ x 39¼ inches. Oil on canvas.
Spreyton Diptych 1, Sheep’s skull: 31½ x 79¾ inches. Oil on canvas.  Spreyton Diptych 2, Pheasants: 31½ x 79¾ inches. Oil on canvas.

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New York

A new series based on recent trips to New York. I am particularly interested in contrasting the crystalline, pristine high rise architectural forms with the low rise, more grotty and human corners of the city. I have written a sequence of poems that explores this theme and these are informing the visual work.

New York 1: 27½ x 19¾ inches. Acrylic on canvas.  New York 2: 30 x 22 inches. Charcoal on paper.  New York 3: 30 x 22 inches. Charcoal on paper.  New York 4: 30 x 22 inches. Charcoal on paper.  New York study 1: 12 x 8 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  New York study: The Downrush  New York study: Little Italy

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Studies

A selection of paintings from observation that underpin the above studio based series.

Spreyton Walk 1: 7 x 14 inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 2: 5¾ x 13¼ inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 3: 8 x 9 inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 4: 6 x 8¼ inches. Acrylic on panel.
Spreyton Walk 5: 5¼ x 8 inches. Acrylic on panel.  Spreyton Walk 6: 6 x 8¼ inches. Acrylic on panel.  From Frenchbeer: 20 x 30 inches. Oil on canvas.  Cawsand Beacon study: 9 x 12 inches. Acrylic on canvas.  Brace of Pheasants: 20 x 15¼ inches. Oil on canvas.

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Prints

The prints develop ideas started in paintings or are based on drawings made on the spot. Composition and dramatic contrast is a prime concern.

I enjoy the decisiveness of working with absolute black as well as the physical carving experience of making the blocks. Vinyl is a yielding material to use and allows delicate as well as bold mark making.

Fingle Rhapsody: 11 x 17¾ inches. Vinyl relief print.  Cawsand Fantasy: 9¼ x 15 inches. Vinyl relief print.  Some languages are hard to dream in, 1  Some languages are hard to dream in, 2  Some languages are hard to dream in, 3  Some languages are hard to dream in, 4  Some languages are hard to dream in, 5 Barn  Juggler  Guitar  Walker in the Forest

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Cornwall, Mawgan Porth

These paintings are an exploration of the environment at Mawgan Porth. They use different perspectives to investigate tide patterns and changing light conditions.

Cornwall, Mawgan Porth - Tidal  Cornwall, Mawgan Porth - Terrace

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Spain, Andalucia

This is a series exploring the interiors of the Islamic palaces in Seville and the Alhambra and combining these with landscape elements from Andalusia. Calligraphic patterns are turning out to be an important constituent of the paintings.

Spain - Andalucia, triptych  Spain - interior, alhambra