Born in 1967 in Suffolk, Bruce Denny spent his youth making things out of anything he could lay his hands on. He was fascinated by both the way things worked and their form and structure. His school years exacerbated the struggle between art and science. In the end, Science was the victor, leading to an honours degree in Biology and Chemistry. He wanted to understand what life was all about from the molecular level up.
With this thorough grounding, he came to realise that the complexities of human physiology and anatomy play only a small role in the wider picture of life, and that social interaction was key to his further development. He left the solitude of the laboratory behind for a job in the City of London, where the realities of modern day life were played out to the full.
Whilst financially rewarding and socially engaging, Bruce felt that his creativity was being stifled. He turned to theatre and the arts to fill the void.
In his search, Bruce discovered sculpture. His love of the human form and function placed figurative works at the centre of his interest and he signed up for a course at Morley College to introduce him to the techniques of life modelling in clay.
Finally he had found something to bring all his skills and experiences together.
“Sculpture requires a methodical approach and good spatial awareness, traits usually exhibited by a good scientist. At the same time the original ideas and concepts and the final piece of work require artistic creativity. I have found a medium in which I can express my ideas and desires utilising all my skills and experiences”, says Bruce.