Dennis Claydon – A Storyteller in pastels

dennnisclaydonDennis moved from Albury about 2 years ago and he and his wife Gae have now made their home in Orange.

Dennis is a horticulturist by trade (in charge of Randwick Racecourse, Sydney Showground, Dreamworld and many others) and he commenced painting in 1993. The rest they say is history – as he had been winning major awards ever since.

Some of Dennis’s achievements are:

• Best Painting in Show at Rotary Club of Cobram
• Acquisition at Bright Art Gallery
• Series of Olympic Paintings displayed at Wangarata Council Offices
• lst Prize at Victory Lutheran College
• lst Prize at Wangarata Art Show
• Best Pastel and Best Work on Paper at King Valley Art Show
• Highly Commended at Bright, Cobram, Culcairn, Corryong, Wangaratta and a Special Guest award at Cootamundra.
• Best Works on Paper at Cowra Art Gallery 2013
• lst Prize Orange Art Society 2013
• lst Prize Evans Art Council – open section 2014

Dennis suffered a stroke some years ago and he was unable to hold a paint brush. While in hospital he was given a set of pastels and he hasn’t looked back since.

He now creates the most magical images of colourful and quircky Australians living and working in our towns and bushscapes. He has found inspiration from the great poet Banjo Patterson and these works show a great sense of humour and fun.
The Portland Art Purchase Society is proud to have Dennis as our 2015 “Guest Artist” and hope everyone who views his works will enjoy them as much as we do