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Douglas Denniston (1922-2004)

Douglas Denniston (1922-2004)

Born in 1922 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, Douglas Denniston (1922-2004) arrived in Santa Fe in 1945. Finding inspiration in the romantic nostalgia of the region’s unique landscape and cultural identity, he established a prolific and varied career spanning six decades. Attracted in particular to the tradition of the Taos school of painting and Raymond Jonson’s Transcendental Painting Group, Denniston delved into a highly individual and spiritual artistic journey. As Jonson’s protégé, he began a life-long relationship with abstraction that has positioned him as a historic figure within the development of American Modernism. Most notable are Denniston’s non-objective paintings completed before 1950, a period of marked productivity and expansive formal and expressive development. A synthesis of the artist’s New York origins and southwestern experience, these works are characterized by loosely geometric, non-objective forms. An emphasis on surface, shape, and…