Michael Dennis (artist)

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Michael Dennis (artist)
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Los Angeles, America
Alma materReed College
Stanford University
Notable work
Reclining Figure

Michael Dennis (b. 1941 in Los Angeles) is a Canadian-American artist, considered at present "one of the most sought-after sculptors working in natural wood and wood forms." [1] His best-known work is likely Reclining Figure, exhibited in Vancouver's Dude Chilling Park since 1991 and considered "a famous East Vancouver icon" as well as a "focal point of the neighbourhood." [2][3] [4]

Educated at Reed College and Stanford University as a neurophysiologist [5], he taught at Harvard Medical School and was a Research Fellow at University College London before working as Professor at University of California San Francisco from 1972 to 1979 [6]. Leaving science to devote himself to art, he has lived on Denman Island in British Columbia since the 1980s. He is divorced from the American developmental biologist Victoria Foe.

His work is held by Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Olympic College, Seattle Vocational Institute and University of Washington, where some examples are on public display. [7] [8] [9] Other public pieces can be seen on Denman Island and in Bellevue Downtown Park. [10]

External links


  1. https://bcbooklook.com/2019/02/04/37652/
  2. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wood-sculptures-celebrate-roots-at-vandusen-gardens-1.1380771.
  3. https://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/vancouver-s-dude-chilling-statue-exemplifies-accessible-public-art-1.4555563?cache=?clipId=104059
  4. Adsit-Morris, Chessa (2017). Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, and Feral Subjectivities. London: Palgrave. p. 60-61. ISBN 978-3-319-48796-0.
  5. https://www.arts.wa.gov/artist-collection/?request=record;id=1724;type=701
  6. http://www.duthiegallery.com/artists/michael-dennis/
  7. https://collections.burnabyartgallery.ca/ListDetail?q=creator_txt%3A%22Dennis%2C+Michael%22&p=2&ps=1
  8. https://collections.burnabyartgallery.ca/ListDetail?q=SFU&p=3&ps=1
  9. http://www.dianefarrisgallery.com/artist/dennis/chancellor.htm
  10. https://bcbooklook.com/2019/02/04/37652/

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