Jeffrey Dennis

Senior Lecturer, BA Fine Art

Chelsea College of Arts


Jeffrey Dennis is a painter and a Senior Lecturer, part-time, on the BA Fine Art Course at Chelsea College of Arts and supervisor to CCW research students. He is also External Examiner for the BA Painting, Drawing and Printmaking course at Plymouth College of Art. 

Dennis studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London 1976 – 1980, and his work has been exhibited internationally since the mid-1980s.

He is a founding member of Paint Club, a UAL research network set up to explore and debate the meaning of research in the context of contemporary painting.

Further information about his work can be found at

Research statement

My work is rooted in the daily experience of the city: how people move around, inhabit spaces and make sense of their daily routines. Of particular relevance to this and to the structure of my paintings are the ideas of proximity, contiguity and adjacency: these terms express the abrupt collisions of style and taste evident in urban architecture, the habits nurtured by travellers and inhabitants to protect personal space and the interrupted narratives of encounters and conversations. The paintings themselves provide a fluid, mutable net to hold narrative fragments and connective elements in place; a landscape corresponding to the fragmentary mental maps which people construct in order to give their existence some measure of meaning.


Sharon Kim Phelps, Agnes Martin: Painting as Making and its Relation to Contemporary Practice.

Selected research outputs