Collection: Graham Dean

Graham Dean has exhibited internationally now for over 40 years and his work is in many private and public collections throughout the world. He lives and works in Brighton, England. Graham Dean’s paintings use the figure not in a literal way, but more as a vehicle to convey ideas, emotions and psychological states. Whilst his works are representational, they escape the illustrative through his ability to draw a broader meaning from the deeply personal.

Employing a technique that he calls “reverse archaeology”, Graham Dean transforms the conventional use of watercolour painting. Contrasting layers of paint are laid separately onto porous handmade Indian paper, merging the figure with the organic process of paint spreading through paper. Sections from several different versions of the same composition are torn away and reassembled in a form of collage, lending each image a rawness and immediacy which supports the emotive and dramatic qualities of the work.

He has received several major awards including the Abbey Award in Painting at the British School in Rome and the International Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Centre. His work is in countless Museum and private collections around the World and is a regular exhibitor on the International Art fair circuit including TEFAF-Maastricht, Pan Art fair, Art Paris and the London Art Fair.