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Creffield, Dennis (b. 1931), 1965, Oil on canvas 91 x 101

Born in London, Dennis Creffield studied at the Borough Polytechnic in south London from 1948-51 and  from 1957-61, at the Slade School of Art, where he was awarded prizes for Life-Drawing and Landscape painting.  In 1964 Creffield  was awarded the Gregory Fellowship  in Art at the University of Leeds.  He taught at the University and at Leeds College of Art.  His first solo exhibition was  held at the Leeds City Art Gallery in 1966.  Later Creffield taught at a number of colleges in Britain and  abroad.  In 1985 he was  commissioned by the Arts Council to make drawings of every medieval cathedral in Britain.  In order to carry out this commission, Creffield spent two years living in a camper van.  His work culminated in the exhibition <em>English Cathedrals  </em>at the Hayward Gallery, London, in 1988.  Creffield subsequently received a commission to draw eleven of the medieval cathedrals of northern France.  During the 1990s he received commissions  from the House of Commons Fine Art Committee to draw the Palace of Westminster and from the National Trust to work at several of the Trust's properties.  <em>Leeds </em>was bought by the LACF in 1966.