Chris Denton’s prints are intricate, minutely observed and exquisitely executed. He produces multi-plate colour prints and drawings that focus on the nexus of spirituality, art and science, and question the application of mathematics to the natural world. His most recent work takes inspiration from Einstein and others on the concept of space, particularly empty space and its relationship to the material object. This is a matter that has concerned artists for centuries. Chris has continued to use his sequential layering technique in both his prints and drawings, with each of his works taken through multiple stages. As Chris explains, “my works are intended to achieve a mood or atmosphere that conveys some qualities of a tangible reality (though not necessarily ‘realism’). Beneath this lies an abiding interest in numbers, mathematics and the natural order, and the philosophy of science as a belief system for our understanding of the world”.
Chris Denton has exhibited widely since his first show in the UK in 1969. His work has been shown across Australia and around the world, including galleries in Japan, China, France, Spain, Poland and the United States. In 1996, Chris was awarded the Grand Prize in the prestigious Biennale Internationale d'Art Miniature in Canada. In 2003, he won first prize (graphics) at the International Biennial of Miniature Art, Gornji Milanovic, Serbia & Montenegro and, in 2006, was highly commended in the British International Miniature Print Exhibition. Most recently, he was awarded the Jurors’ Prize, 1st Footprint Biennial International Print Competition, Norwalk, USA. Chris' work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Association Musee d'Art Contemporain (Chamalieres, France), Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts (Portland, USA) and the Tama Art University (Tokyo, Japan).