Following a musical/creative childhood he moved to London in 1984 to study Music.  It was there, on the edge of Soho, that he discovered a sub-culture of sexuality and life seemed to begin.  15 years later, tiring of London and the clubbing scene he moved to Brighton and found time and space to rediscover his interest in the Arts.

Within Denne’s work you find strong colour fields punctuated with rhythmical geometric patterns, male figures are placed in various situations of quiet contemplation, the ‘lost state’ of dialogue.  Denne uses saturated high key coloured forms that are designed to create a dynamic; a sense of pleasure with fragments of personal memory or fantasy. Traditional and digital print processes are often borrowed to form the body of both printmaking and paintings, although he doesn’t see himself as a painter.  The resulting imagery moves and merges from figuration to abstraction and back again.

More recent pieces are derived from early formal or mechanically geometric works.  Denne likes to see himself as an architect when designing his works, where pure form and placement are used as a way of building structure throughout the surface.  His use of pure form and colour only hints at how he uses colour and how it flattens any preconceived notion of any realistic landscape. His use of colour draws from painters such as Matisse, Hockney and Frank Stella and the gesture of patterned areas only act to highlight this.  Backgrounds are solid with imagery almost hovering on top. This obvious reduction in form and structure could be attributed to the intense light source that would be found in Denne’s make believe landscapes of Hollywood and Palm Springs, you are invited to be a voyeur and observe the dramas unfold before you. 

Early works were taken from vintage postcards of similar themes, these loaded images often populated with the male form could easy be preconceived as “Queer Art” the male figure seen as pornography rather than fine art.

Denne says “Society has made progress in accepting the outsider but then is guilty of jumping to conclusions with this new found knowledge and liberalism.  I often find myself defending my work from being corralled into essentially reductive queer category.  Yes, it shows and evident appreciation for the male form, but there is a great deal more to it than that.”

In Denne’s eyes these are distilled locations, a path from where we start a journey looking for a destination with a sense of belonging.

In 2004 he completed his Masters Degree in Fine Art/Printmaking and currently works from his Hove Studio.