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Art Editorial

guydenning16.jpg The Picasso of urban

With his cut and paste collage style, Guy Denning could indeed be the Picasso of urban art. Or is he, with that loose and expressive style, maybe the Bacon of urban art? Find out for yourself at the Hartlepool Art Gallery.

It’s difficult to believe now, but throughout the 1980s Bristolian Guy Denning was knocked back by several fine art degree courses. Unperturbed he continued creating work and developed a style that was distinctly punky in nature, in which he also brought in elements of graffiti art and a cut and paste aesthetic that imbued his work with plenty of verve. He eschewed a hard edge style – found in much street art - for a more painterly flow, revelling in the looseness of the image to achieve a real expressionistic feel. It wasn’t long before people started to take notice of his output and his work is now held in several public collections. He’s also exhibited regularly across Europe and the US and his latest show will be a full retrospective at the Hartlepool Art Gallery beginning in January. Miss it and miss out.

Guy Denning, 21 January-18 March (there's a preview on the evening of Friday 20 January which Guy will attend - all invited), Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church Square, Hartlepool. destinationhartlepool.com; guydenning.org