Dennis W. Cheaney is an artist who creates realistic drawings and paintings of still lifes, portraits, and figures inspired by natural forms, the Greek Classical period and the European Baroque. Dennis received his BA in Mathematics from the University of Southern California (1995) and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art (1998), where he was an Andy Warhol Foundation Scholar studying under Edward Schmidt.

Dennis has continued his studies in the Loire Valley, France with the eminent artist and portraitist Ted Seth Jacobs and at the Water Street Atelier in New York with the noted artists Jacob Collins and Michael Grimaldi.

Dennis has exhibited in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Texas, France and Canada. He received the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for figure painting. He lives in New York City, where he pursues his own work and teaches at the New York Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art.

Classes in NYC:

Continuing Education Classes, NYAA
Dennis is scheduled to teach on-going classes at the New York Academy of Art. Two sessions offered: Tuesday nights from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm and Saturday mornings 10am-1pm.

In this 10 week class, students will learn how to transition from drawing into painting. Through a series of exercises from classical casts and prints of master works, we will consider fundamental topics of light, form and color. Class projects include copying prints by Charles Bargue and painting in black and white from a print of a Da Vinci drapery study. A class will be devoted to color theory and mixing exercises before moving onto the final class project, copying a master still life painting by the 18th Century French artist Jean Chardin. Open to artists of all levels.

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For enrollment, contact John Cichowski, Director of Continuing Education Dept., at 212-966-0300 x968 or