Chris Denovan

1983 - 

 

Christopher Denovan was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where he still lives & works. In 2005 he graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art (Majoring in Painting and Printmaking) from the Ruth Prowse School of Art. Denovan then went on to study at The Animation School in 2006. He also went on to win The Best Concept Characters Prize during his time at the institute. His experience in animation would subsequently have a significant impact in his approach to art.

 

In 2011 Chris began to focus on his fine art and started his painting career. He has gone on to exhibit in various group shows in South Africa, including, among others, 99 Loop, Studio 41, Salon 91, The Rust-en-Vrede Art Gallery and The Irma Stern Museum. In 2014 Chris was short-listed in the Vuleka Competition for his portrait titled Kouros, while in 2017 he was selected as a finalist for the Sanlam Portrait Award.

 

Denovan’s recent composite portraits are created from various images sourced from the web. The idea is to create fictional identities and inject “life” into them, thus giving them “personhood”, exploring notions around the act of portrayal. His work draws on various aesthetic influences from pre-Modern portraiture, which instigates a commentary on the idea of portrait-making, and what it means in a contemporary world full of digital self-identification and self-imaging. His Frankenstein-esque entities exist within the virtual, the imagined and the historical realms of portrayal, where they strive for recognition in some ill-defined present day reality.


 

Education

2005 Diploma in Fine Art, Ruth Prowse School of Art


 

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Lost in Known Territory, 99 Loop. Cape Town

2017 Artificial Beasts. Art In The Yard. Franschhoek
2016 Breaking the Mould. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery. Cape Town

2016 In Full Bloom. Art In The Yard. Franschhoek

2015 Obsessed with Ourselves. State of the Art Gallery. Cape Town

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Sanlam Portrait Award 2017. UJ Art Gallery. Johannesburg
2017 Sanlam Portrait Award Top 40. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery. Cape Town 2017 Verging Thresholds. Eclectica Design and Art. Cape Town

2017 Turbine Art Fair. With Eclectica Design and Art. Johannesburg
2017 Winter Exhibition. Die Kunskamer. Cape Town

2016 That Art Fair. With Eclectica Design and Art. Cape Town
2016 South Facing. Eclectica Design and Art. Cape Town
2016 Life.Body.Time. State of the Art Gallery. Cape Town
2016 Material(i)sation. Art In The Yard. Franschhoek
2014 Vuleka Art Competition 2014. art.b. Cape Town
2013 In Good Company. The Irma Stern Museum. Cape Town
2013 Psycles. The White House. Cape Town
2013 Group Exhibition. Chandler House. Cape Town
2012 Group Exhibition. Studio 41. Cape Town
2011 Group Exhibition. Studio 41. Cape Town
2010 Group Exhibition. San Remo. Cape Town

 

Competitions

2017 Sanlam Portrait Award 2017. Rust-en-Vrede Gallery Finalist

2014 Vuleka Art Competition 2014. art.b. Merit Award