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Pauline Denyer has always lived and worked in Sussex. Her talent for portraiture was first recognised at school, at the age of 11. At Brighton College of Art, where she studied Fine Art & Design, she was taught by Norman Clark and Charles Knight. After studying for Intermediate and the National Diploma in Design, she gained a place at the Royal College of Art and graduated in 1965. Pauline then worked as a Fashion Designer, and as a visiting tutor at various Art Schools until the early eighties. It was then, on a visit to West Dean College, to spend a week-end rediscovering portraiture, she first encountered Miniature Painting. After trying this technique, Pauline decided to specialise in portrait miniatures.
Education   Brighton College of Art  
Royal College of Art
Awards   Silver Bowl – World Exhibitions of Minatures, 1995  
Best Traditional Miniature – Miniature Art Society of Florida, USA, 2002
Group Exhibitions   Apart from showing regularly at the Royal Academy, Pauline’s work is in a number of collections in the UK, Europe, America, Canada and Australia.

Statement      Miniatures are not small watercolour paintings. The supports used, vellum, ivory, ivorine, dictate the technique used to apply the paint to them. As these surfaces are smooth and shiny, and mostly nonabsorbent, the paint, whether oil or watercolour, needs to be applied with thousands of tiny strokes, called stippling or hatching.  
Each layer of colour is built up by small brushstrokes.  
In portraiture, these colours are sometimes applied separately, for example-rose madder+raw sienna for a skin tone. Thus the paint is mixed in the eye, rather than on the palette, in the way the impressionist Seurat painted grass, putting blue side by side with yellow.  
Consequently, as the supports used are translucent, the technique creates a glow and a depth of colour, characteristic of miniature paintings, and especially so in portraiture. Sitting for a miniature is not really feasible, except at the beginning, due to the timescale, so Pauline is happy to work from photographs.  
Pauline also paints, watercolour on ivorine, and offers the option of framing herself.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    No
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Portrait Format:
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 675    $1000
Half LengthFrom £ 800 $1200
3/4 LengthFrom £ 950 $1400
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
"She calls it ‘The Eye of the Artist’, and that’s all it is: a life-size eye, glazed and framed, best worn inside the blouse. The eye is trompe-l’ oeil; the lock of hair curled around it is real.  
Pauline Denyer’s right eye stares from a case of miniatures. Where am I? Halfway through the 225th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition…This is not Pauline Denyer’s first appearance as an RA exhibitor, but it is the first time, I believe, that she has shown her eye only, clear and unblinking amidst so many distractions, proud to claim the title of Smallest Exhibit."  
William Feaver, ‘Mass Rally in Piccadilly’, The Observer 6th June, 1993