1913 - 2007

Denise Bradley by Cedric Morris

Irene Denise Broadley, was born at Sheppey, Kent on 8 December 1913, daughter of Edward Osborne Broadley (1885-1962), a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, and his wife Irene Ermintrude Dawson née Squirl-Dawson (1888-1951), who married Higham, near Hadleigh, Suffolk in 1911. Denise Broadley was one of the first students to attend the East Anglian School of Painting, whilst it was based at Benton End, Dedham, Essex, she also studied at Ipswich School of Art 1932-1935 and Westminster School of Art 1936-1939 under Mark Gertler (1891-1939). 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' and in 1933 an oil 'Lemons'. In 1939, an artist living at Toppesfield Hall, Holbecks Farm Buildings, Hadleigh, Suffolk with six servants, including a companion and she also exhibited at the Ipswich Art Club in 1941 'Cafe' and in 1942 'Russell Square'. 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. Whilst in Australia however she began painting the streets of Sydney which she exhibited at the New English Art Club and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. In 1999 Denise had a solo exhibition at Graham and Oldham, Ipswich, when she exhibited collages and paintings using broad brush strokes and vibrant colours. She died in 2007.

Works by This Artist