DENNIS CREFFIELDBritish b. 1931


DENNIS CREFFIELDBritish b. 1931

Creffield was extremely young when first introduced to David Bomberg, but unlike his great friend Dorothy Mead, he did not display the same initial negative reaction to his teaching style. Cliff Holden suggested Creffield attended Bomberg's classes and he was swiftly invited to join the Borough Group in 1949. Creffield's incredible technical facility, particularly in charcoal, was evident very early in his career. He and Mead regularly worked together sketching outdoors.

Of all the members of the Group (with the exception of Bomberg himself), Creffield was arguably the artist who gained the greatest public acclaim, yet this is relative; R.B. Kitaj once described Creffield as ‘one of England's most closely guarded secrets'. He is perhaps principally known for his extraordinary series of English cathedral drawings made after receiving a commission from the Arts Council in 1987. An exhibition of Creffield's English and French cathedral drawings was held at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester between February and June 2014. Creffield is well represented in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection at the London South Bank University. Six of Creffield's English Cathedral drawings and two oils of Greenwich are in the collection of Tate Britain.