1913 - 2007

Denise Broadley by Cedric Morris

Irene Denise Broadley was born at Sheppey, Kent on 8 December 1913, daughter of Edward Osborne Broadley (25 February 1885-1962), a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and his first wife Irene Ermyntrude Squirl-Dawson (14 August 1887-13 March 1951), youngest daughter of the late Major William Squirl-Dawson of Higham Lodge, who married Higham, near Hadleigh, Suffolk in June 1911. Denise Broadley studied at Ipswich School of Art 1932-1935 and Westminster School of Art 1936-1939 under Mark Gertler (1891-1939) and was one of the first students to attend the East Anglian School of Painting, whilst it was based at Dedham, Essex. Denise exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Dewlands, Higham, near Hadleigh, Suffolk in 1932, two oil paintings 'Pine Trees, Dewland' and 'A Woodland Scene', in 1933 an oil 'Lemons', in 1941 'Cafe' and in 1942 'Russell Square'. In 1939, an artist living at Toppesfield Hall, Holbecks Farm Buildings, Hadleigh, Suffolk with six servants, including a companion. She exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1946 and after the Second World War she joined the Anglican religious order The Community of the Sisters of the Church where she was known as Sister Gillian and where for a long time her art was not encouraged. However, whilst in Australia, she began painting scenes of the streets of Sydney which she exhibited at the New English Art Club. Denise exhibited at Dedham in 1937, at The Quay, Sudbury in 1993 and in 1999 had a solo exhibition at Graham and Oldham, Ipswich, when she exhibited collages and paintings using broad brush strokes and vibrant colours. Irene Denise Broadley died in 2007.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 13 Holland Park, West London
1946 159 Stoke Gabriel - oil

Works by This Artist