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Jeffrey Dennis

Senior Lecturer
Chelsea College of Arts
Researcher Research
Jeffrey  Dennis


Jeffrey Dennis is a painter and Senior Lecturer on the Fine Art Programme at Chelsea College of Arts and supervisor to Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon research students.

His paintings are in the collections of Arts Council England, British Council, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Leeds Art Gallery, Priseman Seabrook Collection, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Tate, and private collections worldwide.

He was the subject of a major solo exhibition 'Ringbinder', at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK in 2015, with an accompanying monograph published by NGCA and Slimvolume in 2017. He has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1980s.

He was selected to participate in the DACS project Art360, developing and sustaining the archives of 100 leading modern and contemporary British artists.

He has written that his 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.'

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts

Research Outputs

Art/Design item


  • Dennis J. Ringbinder (book) (2017)
  • Dennis J. Ringbinder (2017)

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item


Current research students

  • Sharon Kim Phelps, Agnes Martin: Painting as Making and its Relation to Contemporary Practice. (Lead supervisor)
  • Srinivas Surti, The use of silk in relief sculpture as an expression of alterity (Lead supervisor)
  • Ana Teixeira Teles, Copying Artists’ Works: an Inquiry into Authenticity and Artistic Identity (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Marina Kassianidou, Between Marks and Surfaces: Indiscernibility, Subjectivity, and Otherness (Lead supervisor)