Denys Watkins

b. 1945

Deny Watkins was born in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington. He began his studies at the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design (1962-4) but moved to London to attend the Central School of Art (1967) and Royal College of Art (1968-70). Returning to Aotearoa, Watkins took up a position at the University of Auckland, Elam School of Fine Art in 1980, from which he retired (2011) to focus on his studio practice.

Watkin's has worked in print-making, painting and watercolour, developing a distinctive abstract manner. "While lately his attentions have focused more on environmental concerns, over his career he has drawn on a wide visual encyclopaedia of cultural references, taking source inspiration from any area deemed relevant or necessary to a particular composition or series."

~ sited from Spa_Ce gallery biography.

See also:

Denys Watkins, ‘Marine Ply’ (1984), City Campus, University of Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Images: Bronwyn Holloway-Smith, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, 2021