REEVES, Denzil John George

1926 - 2008

Denzil Reeves was born at Hailsham, Sussex on 16 January 1926, son of Robert Reeves and his wife Elizabeth Ann née Boniface, who married at Hailsham in 1921. After schooling Denzil, aged about 15, obtained a scholarship to Eastbourne School of Art where he was encouraged by embroidress Beryl Dean (1911-2001) to continue with his art and calligraphy. In 1944 Denzil was conscripted into the army and went to Poona in India and Germany, leaving military service in 1947. He married at Tonbridge, Kent in 1951, Patricia Margaret Hurst and shortly afterwards obtained a position as a commercial artist for E. M. Mason, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester when they moved to Suffolk. In 1954 he took a position at Colchester School of Art as a studio steward and where he commenced teaching printmaking under artist Anthony Atkinson. Denzil remained at Colchester School of Art until his retirement in 1984. During his time in Colchester he continued working as an artist and calligrapher working on commissions such as 'The Golden Rose Book' an anniversary present to Sir Winston & Lady Churchill from his children; also working for the National Trust and several editions of the 'Guinness Book of Records', also appearing on television during the bicentenary of John Constable. Reeves produced the layout and calligraphy for a book entitled 'Raydon Airfield: Fighter Station to Farmland' by Graham Cross in 1991 and was very much involved with the village life and the church at Raydon. An early member of the Suffolk Craft Society and continued his work up until his death at his home Church Corner, The Street, Raydon, Ipswich on 18 June 2008, aged 82.








Works by This Painter