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Denis Williams: Modern Icon

January 7, 2023March 12, 2023

Denis Williams was the first black artist to win critical acclaim in Britain. He was born and raised in Guyana, and his early promise as a painter earned him a scholarship to study art in London in 1946. He lived in the UK for the next ten years, where he taught fine art as a lecturer at the Central School of Art and the Slade School of Art, while becoming a protégé of Wyndham Lewis and exhibiting at the most prestigious galleries in London and Paris. His 1954 panel “Painting in Six Related Rhythms” earned him a major prize in the Young Contemporaries exhibition in 1955, sponsored by Lord Beaverbrook – the only abstract painting to do so.

Curated by John Leroux and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.