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A portrait drawing of Regina Derieva by Dennis Creffield. 1994



Eight more portrait drawings of Regina Derieva by Dennis Creffield. 1994
Courtesy of Alexander Deriev.

Dennis Creffield (January 1, 1931 - June 26, 2018) was a British artist
with work owned by major British and worldwide art collections,
including the Tate Gallery,
The British Museum, Arts Council of England, the Government Art
Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, University of Leeds collection,
University of Brighton collection and many others.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Creffield


A series of fourteen drawings by Dennis Creffield, which were meant to 
illustrate Regina Derieva's poems from her "Winter lectures for terrorists".
Among the themes of the drawings are the Crucifixion, the Tower, the Star,
and the Sea, and all drawings are dated by 1994.
Charcoal on paper, 15 x 21 cm and 21 x 29 cm.
Courtesy of Stanford University Archives.

Dennis Creffield  -  FOR REGINA
/an excerpt from anthology "Curator Aquarum: 
In Memoriam Regina Derieva", 2015.
http://arsint.com/book_c_a.html /

In every day terms we hardly knew each other. I met Regina and
Alexander in Jerusalem in 1993—at St. Peter in Gallicantu—where the
’Cock Crowed Thrice’.  Alex ran the bar and I was outside painting the
Holy City. Later I remember Regina here in Brighton writing at the
wooden table in my kitchen—wreathed in a cloud of cigarette smoke.*

   We didn't speak much each others languages but we communicated
through our better tongues—poetry and painting. I made an inspired
group of small drawings of her. ** And she wrote a remarkable poem
about me. She wrote it for an exhibition I was about to have—
’Impressions of Castles’—and it was printed in the catalogue. In it she
explores the inner and outer doings of my itinerant work. Most 
importantly for me was that she called the poem ’Necessary Overseers’
which puzzled me until I understood it—and shall always be grateful to
her for a fresh vision of what I have long believed.***

   On reflection the Necessary Overseers are of course the Angels. Not
the beautiful winged creatures or heavenly messengers of scripture—
though they are those as well. Here they are seen as the very life and
being of the physical world—there is no reality other than them. This is
very like what my teacher David Bomberg used to say to us that the
artist must seek to catch the ’spirit in the mass’. ’Necessary’ because
without them there is no reality—just a waxworks of externals. And
’Overseers’ because we need their help to experience this reality—
Regina had this vision for sure.

For ’Necessary Overseers’—thank you Regina.

August 15, 2014

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*For a bit more than a week, Regina and I stayed in Dennis Creffield’s apartment in Brighton in
August of 2003.  As the result of that short visit to the UK, Regina’s long poem, “Archangelengland”,
appeared later that same year.  Dennis was depicted in the eighth section of this poem.  —A. D.
 ____ 
** A group of a total of ten portrait drawings was made by Dennis Creffield in 1994.  A series of 
fourteen drawings intended to illustrate Regina’s poems for the book, Wintertime Lectures for 
Terrorists, was also created.  The themes of these drawings, all of which are dated 1994, include the
Crucifixion, the Tower, the Star, and the Sea.  There is an inscription on the back of one of these
drawings—two lines from Yeats’ “Byzantium”, which are evocative of the first conversation of 
Regina and Dennis in East Jerusalem in 1993.
         “Towers for Regina. 1994”
          “That dolphin-torn, 
          that gong-tormented sea”   —A. D.

***Six of Regina’s books include paintings and drawings by Dennis Creffield: one published in
Jerusalem, three in Sweden and two volumes of Selected Poems and Essays, in Russia.  Plus to the
above mentioned “Necessary Overseers”, Regina also dedicated one of the poems in her book, 
The Last Island, to Dennis.   —A. D. 
 

Seven of Regina Derieva's books and one CD include 
paintings and drawings of Dennis Creffield. 



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