I took these photographs in the studio Brighton-based Dennis Creffield (b.1931), who was once described by the American artist R.B. Kitaj as ‘one of England’s most closely guarded secrets’. A pupil of David Bomberg, Creffield studied at the Borough Polytechnic where he established his expressive approach to drawing. Later, he attended the Slade where he was a prize-winner, becoming a teacher himself and a substantial artist in his own right.
The charcoal drawings are now mounted and framed and feature in an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery which showcases the artist’s celebrated charcoal drawings of English medieval cathedrals. These powerful drawings were commissioned in 1987 by the Arts Council, and in the show are placed alongside his later series of French counterparts for the first time.
Dennis Creffield: Cathedrals of England and France, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester UK, 15 Feb - 22 June 2014 , www.pallant.org.uk