A former keen sportsman, Dennis Syrett was elected President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2004. He is also a full member of the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, the London Sketch Club, and Buckinghamshire Art Society and has been a professional artist since the 1970s. Although he works in all media, he particularly favours oils and combines his interest with his love of travel.
- The Chiltern Society Daler Rowney Award 2005
- The Stanley Grimm Prize 1995 and 2003
- Sir William Ramsey Prize RBA 2003
- Menena Schwabe Memorial Award 2001
- Llewellyn Alexander Gallery Award ROI 1995
- Daler Rowney Prize RBA 1993
- Charles Pears Award RSMA 1985
- Gold Medal Award at the Paris Salon 1975
Permanent collections held at Longleat House, Wiltshire, Victoria Gallery, Bath, John Harvey of Bristol. Commissions undertaken.