Dennis Creffield was born in London. He attended David Bomberg’s classes at Borough Polytechnic from 1947 to 1951, and was elected to be a member of the Borough Group in 1949 on his 18th birthday.
From 1957 to 1961, Creffield studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he won the Tonks Prize for life drawing and the Steer Medal for landscape painting. From 1964 to 1968 he was a Gregory Fellow in Painting at the University of Leeds. In 1977 Creffield was awarded the Arts Council Major Award for Painting.
Creffield was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain to draw all the medieval cathedrals in England in 1987. The resulting exhibition, English Cathedrals, opened at Winchester in 1988 and toured the country ending in London at the Camden Arts Centre in 1990. With financial support from David Astor, Creffield then undertook to draw eleven cathedrals in northern France, resulting in a show at Albemarle Gallery, London in 1991. Five of these French cathedral works are included in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.
Other notable work by Creffield includes a commission by The House of Commons Fine Art Committee to draw the Palace of Westminster in 1990, and a series of commissions that took place throughout the 1990s by The National Trust Foundation for Art Commissions, to work at their properties, principally Petworth House in Sussex and Orford Ness in Suffolk.
Creffield’s work is included in numerous public collections, including Tate, The British Museum, the Arts Council Collection, the Government Art Collection, The House of Commons, the Imperial War Museum, the National Trust Collection and The Ruth Borchard Collection. Nineteen works by Dennis Creffield dating from 1970-1987 have also been gifted to museums through the Contemporary Art Society from the bequest of the late private collector M.M. Lapsley. Dennis Creffield is represented by James Hyman Gallery.