Patricia Denys



About Patricia Denys

Patricia Denys earned her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA from Vermont College in Montpelier. While at the University of Texas she studied under photographer Garry Winogrand. Her life has been spent as a working artist, photographer, teacher, graphic designer, academic dean, writer and activist. In the 80s she started doing animal rescues with a small team and was unknowingly a part of what is now called the Animal Rights Movement.

For several years Denys has presented at the School of Visual Arts Conference in New York with her papers on society’s views on animals and women and how they are viewed and marketed, and on the subject of animals in containment. These papers are published in SVA’s “Proceedings.” She also has a published paper; “Animals and Women as Meat,” in The Brock Review, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2011.

The work of Denys has been shown internationally in a multitude of cities including the Emily Harvey Gallery, New York, New York; MoMA Wales, Powys, Wales; Leipzig Book Fair, Leipzig, Germany; Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy; and the Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, New South Wales, Australia; and in the permanent collections of MOMA, (Museum of Modern Art), New York, New York; LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) Balch Research Library, Los Angeles, California; and  MUBE (Museu Brasileiro de Escultura), São Paulo, Brazil.

Her most recent studio works have focused on the dichotomies that exist between society’s perception of, and the reality of, animals in containment such as in factory farms and the public display industry and in particular, in regards to the plight of Tilikum, the Orca held hostage at SeaWorld.

Denys collaborated with photographer Mary Holmes under the name, Synergydogs on their photography book, Animal Magnetism that explores the relationship between people and their companion animals. Denys and Holmes are currently collaborating on their second photography book, Artistic Leanings on artists and their creative process. The book includes some of the most significant artists and designers of our time such as Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Art Spiegelman, Alex Katz, Rachel Rosenthal, Sue Coe, Chuck Close, William Wegman, Ed Ruscha, Charles Schulz, Patrick McDonnell, Dorothea Rockburne, and Stefan Sagmeister; Denys and Holmes have conducted interviews with all of them regarding their art practice.

Denys is available for speaking engagements and for photography.

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