E. Denney Neville – 2020 Brinton 101
E Denney NeVille has worked in art as a painter, illustrator, and cartoonist, and in the animation industry. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Calif. After graduating he worked several years in California with the Hughes Aircraft illustration group. Later he spent two years with Filmation Studio in Reseda, Calif. where he helped produce cartoon animation for television.
Denney and his wife, Linda, then moved to Red Lodge, where he spent seven years assisting Stan Lynde produce Stan’s national and international cartoon strip Rick O’Shay and Hipshot. Stan retired from the strip in 1976. Denney did not accept the offer to continue with the production of it.
In 1976, he began spending more time doing gallery paintings and moved his family to Byron, Wyo. where they still live. In 1982, Denney’s painting was awarded Best of Show at the C. M. Russell Auction. He twice received the Artist’s Choice Award at the Buffalo Bill Show in 1997 and 2005 and was featured in the Art of the West Magazine in October 2000.
Denney continues to paint for the Big Horn Galleries in Cody, Wyo., and Tubac, Ariz., the Bozeman Trail Gallery in Sheridan, Wyo., and the Carbon County Art Guild in Red Lodge, Mont. He is also part of the Annual Buffalo Bill Art Auction and the Cheyenne Frontier Art Auction. He participates in other invitational shows around the intermountain area. His paintings are in many homes in North America.
Denney has always enjoyed drawing cartoons and has had many published in local newspapers along with humorous articles he writes. He recently published a book of cartoons featuring a character he created by the name of Burt Umber. The book is generously filled with cartoons, wisdom, instructions, and humor acquired in his work as an artist and workshop instructor.
“These small paintings are plein air and studio miniatures. I often do them as studies for a larger painting and just for the fun of doing something quick. They test my memory of scenes on the Big Horns or in the local area and are great opportunities for experimenting with color, composition, and a mood.” E. Denney NeVille