Last preparations for ‘Dirty Yellow-Graham Dean’ at the New Ashgate Gallery , Farnham from 24th June to 5th August
Off to Paris tomorrow for the pv -2pm to 10 pm – of Art Paris with the Frans Jacobs Gallery . It will be a long day . I have seven new paintings on show , all from The Dirty Yellow Series plus a launch of the book . There will be two large and five small which have not been exhibited before . Then its back in the studio and completing work for the next solo show in Farnham this summer at The New Ashgate Gallery (24th June to 5th August).
Just about to take several new works over to Amsterdam to be then taken to Art Paris where I will be exhibiting with Frans Jacobs Gallery at the end of March at the Grand Palais. I’m also pleased to say that the Qingdao Art Museum in China are buying five large paintings for their permanent collection .
I shall be exhibiting five large paintings including a new Dirty Yellow Series one at the Qingdao Biennale , Qingdao Art Museum China from December 25th . I believe the exhibition will run for a few months. The show is titled ‘Synthetic Colour’ and it explores the dialogue between Chinese and British watercolours.
New gallery talk on Wednesday November 2nd at 7.30 pm . The first one now is booked up . Its free but please reserve places with Cameron Contemporary in Brighton/Hove.
The exhibition will be starting very soon at Cameron Contemporary in Hove/Brighton . I will be doing a gallery tour talk which will be quite informal on Wednesday 19th October at 7.30pm . Please reserve a place with the gallery, it is free. If this becomes oversubscribed then I will do another one week later. In addition Fabrica are conducting their own Cultural tour of the show on Wednesday 2nd November from 2 to 4 pm , again free. There will be a Q&A with Robin Cameron . Please reserve places with Fabrica or the gallery.
The exhibition starts on October 8th at Cameron Contemporary Art in Hove/Brighton but I will also be doing an informal gallery talk -more of a walk around the show – on Wednesday October 19th . It will be ticketed but free . Numbers are restricted so please contact the gallery for a reservation .
The book , published by Unicorn is now available as a pre-order online from the publishers themselves, or Wordery, WH Smith, Amazon, Blackwell’s, Waterstones, amongst many others. I’m also having a solo show and book launch at Cameron Contemporary Art , 2nd Avenue, Hove /Brighton from October 8th to November 4th . Waterhouse and Dodd in Albemarle St, London W1 will also be having a selection of my paintings in stock .
I will be exhibiting at Art 16 at London Olympia from May 20th-22nd with Waterhouse and Dodd . This will be my first showing with the gallery for a number of years and it will be very recent work . I will also be having my first solo exhibition in Brighton for 20 years this October . It will coincide with the launch of my book which is due to be published on September 30th . More details on all of these nearer the time here or on my Face book page .
Again , a long time with a new posting – Facebook seems to take up more of my time now . However there is news ; The book will be coming out in late September /early October with Unicorn Publishing Group . It is written by James Attlee – and he has done a wonderful job . In fact I’m in the hands of a couple of ex Tate Publishing people so I’m pleased at what is being achieved . I’ll post more details as they come in and I know the Unicorn catalogue is being produced right now with further information . Also I will be exhibiting at Art Paris at the end of this month again with the Salamatina Gallery of New York . This is the third year running of exhibiting at this art fair .
Sadly, my gallerist in Amsterdam , Frans Jacobs died this week . I exhibited with Frans for about ten years and he first showed me at TEFAF (Maastricht) , Pan Art Fair, and other European art fairs and exhibitions . I am already missing the regular trips to Amsterdam – a city I have always thought as a fine place to live .
I hope to have a few book launches /exhibitions later in the year and I will post more about these both here and Facebook .
Sorry, long time for new news but I’m delighted to say that I’m currently talking with an art publisher about a monograph – hopefully to be published late next year.
There will be a regular edition and then a special collectors limited edition . More details very soon when I can confirm more . Otherwise I am working on a series of smaller works for Art Paris in March and I’m researching a possible new series of large paintings called ‘Night Crossing ‘ . That means some travelling to do .
Opening on May 21st is an exhibition called ‘Dreams’ at the Salamatina Project space 874 . This is at 874 Joseph E Blvd in Atlanta, Georgia, USA . Exhibition runs to June 11th .
More shows coming up with the Salamatina Gallery . First there will be a return to Art Paris at the Grand Palais in Paris in March followed by a new exhibition space in Atlanta , Georgia in the States. This will be a mixed show for Salamatinas new large gallery there. More details soon .
Next show opening today 21st Jan at Art Palm Beach , Florida with the Salamatina Gallery of New York .
21st to 25th Jan 2015
I shall be exhibiting at the Art Paris Art Fair with the Salamatina Gallery (New York) from March 26th to 29th . This will be all new work .
Happy Christmas to everyone . See you in the New Year .
I shall be exhibiting a number of works at the Select Art Fair , Miami Beach with the Salamatina Gallery . Dec 2nd to 7th .
Waterproof will be distributed through Art Films Digital . There will be 4 films on the disc starting with the earlist, made in 1990 . There will also be interviews .
The first part of ‘Waterproof’ , the new film is now finished and a trailer should soon appear in the films section on this site . We are presently editing part 2 which is interview based .
New paintings on show at Judith Wolberink Gallery in Amsterdam from Sept 19th .
I will be showing two new silk screen limited edition prints (pu.Artizan Editions) at the Curwen Gallery in Windmill st ,London starting Sept 3rd
Very pleased to say that I will be included in the Threadneedle Art Prize Exhibition to be held in London in late September . Details soon .
Up to date news on the journal page . No shows are planned as yet – working on a new series.
Several new paintings at Art Monaco from April 24-27th . With the Salamatina Gallery . New York .
I will be showing a number of works at Art Paris (march 26th-30th) with Salamatina Gallery of New York .
Another solo show in Holland At Van Breugel Art Projects in Utrecht from Jan 25th to March 30th .
I shall be having a solo show in Hoorn , Holland with Mid Century Modern starting Jan 25th .
I shall be exhibiting at the London Art Fair with Waterhouse and Dodd from January 15th to 19th 2014 . I will be showing a new large ‘Ghost Ship 7’
Also, other exhibitions in Holland at the end of January – details soon .
Just started ,this week, working on some new limited edition silk screen prints with Artizan Editions in Hove . Thankfully around the corner from my studio.
Very good reaction (and sales) at Moscow Art Fair . Now preparing new works for next year and some new projects . More news soon .
Sept 9th .
A rare (!) early self portrait for sale in an exhibition in Brighton -please see News or Journal for details .
I will be exhibiting at the Moscow Art Fair from Sept 18th to 22nd with Triumph Gallery of Moscow .
Still no real news but many meetings for future projects . Hope to update soon .
Working on several new paintings , a new short film and an idea for a Museum show .
I shall be exhibiting at the Scope Basle Art Fair from Jun 10th to 16th with Frans Jacobs Galerie .
Just announced – solo show in Moscow at the Triumph Gallery . 10th to 24th April . paintings , films , catalogue .
Works now in position for TEFAF in Maastricht . Two ‘Ghost Ships’ at Frans Jacobs Galerie stand ,. Opens March 15th to 25th.
Galerie Dis exhibition will now finish at the end of May .
Galerie Dis solo exhibition starts on March 2nd at Hotel Dis, Maastricht . It will continue for approx two months . Many new pieces . Also exxhibiting at TEFAF, Maastricht with Frans Jacobs Galerie 15th -24th March .
Opening Jan 16th – 20th , the London Art Fair where I will be exhibiting a number of smaller works at Waterhouse and Dodd.
Solo show currently in preperation for Galerie Dis, Hotel Dis, Maastricht , Holland . Starting early March . Many new works.
Now open at the C&H Art Space Amsterdam is a group show where I am the guest of Dutch artist Josien Vogelaar .It runs until Jan 26th 2013
Opening on November 20th at Waterhouse and Dodd, Cork St , London is The Original Print Show where I have one earlier (2001) lithographic print on show . 21st Nov – 14th Dec . The print run edition was 36 .
Pan Art Fair Amsterdam opens on the 18th Nov .
New solo show planned for late Feb 2013 in Maastricht , Holland to coincide with the Maastricht Art Fair (TEFAF) . More details soon .
I will be exhibiting next at the Pan Art Fair in Amsterdam with Frans Jacobs Galerie from Nov 18th to 25th .
The Bath exhibition had 18,622 visitors – that is the most I have had for one of my solo shows.
Bath exhibition finishes on Sept 2nd , just under two weeks away . At Waterhouse and Dodd in London they still have a number of my works on the walls despite the show finishing.
Waterhouse and Dodd exhibition is now open until August the 10th . I’m to give a free tour around my Bath exhibition on friday July 20th at 1pm .
The Victoria Art Gallery and Museum exhibition is now open for the summer – finishes Setember 2nd . It is opposite Poultney Bridge in Bath , entrance is free .
This thursday the 28th June I will be giving a talk on my work at the Bath Society of Artists (part of their Artists Talks series). This will be at 16-18 Queens Sq ,Bath , UK. Public welcome (£4.00). It will last one hour and be on all aspects of my work from the beginning to the new exhibition .
Next show is Scope Basel with Frans Jacobs Gallerie , Amsterdam
KustRai is opening today in Amsterdam . I will be exhibiting with Frans Jacobs Gallery .
Please see Journal for more info but ‘Fitter,Quicker, Longer’ is the new title for the Olympic paintings.
April 28th ,
I will be exhibiting at Kunst Rai, Amsterdam from May 30th to June 3rd and Scope Basel from June 13th -19th , both with Frans jacobs Galerie (Amsterdam).
April 25th ,
The last paintings for ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ are now being made – exhibitions details soon .
Another confirmation of a talk by myself on all of my work from the beginnng of my career to the latest exhibition. This will be at the Bath Society of Artists on June 28th at 7.30pm . Admission is open to the public £4.00 .
Confirmed talk by myself at the Victoria Art Gallery and Museum , Bath on Friday 20th July at 1pm . It lasts about 45 mins and the museum are advising people to turn up early . Its free.
March 2 nd
Currently exhibiting at the Hotel Diss in Maastricht . This is a very good ‘Art Hotel’ where I stayed at the last TEFAF. TEFAF – the Maastricht Art Fair runs from March 15th to 25th and I will be showing some new work with Frans Jacobs Galerie, Amsterdam . TEFAF is the premier Art Fair covering works from antiguity to the present day . All works are vetted by a committee to see if they are the required ‘museum quality’.
Colin Simpson , the curator of the Williamson 60th Birthday exhibition will be giving two talks about my work on Wednesday 7th March and Saturday 10th March , both at 2pm . This will be at the Williamson Museum and Art Gallery , Slatey Road , Birkenhead
The Williamson Exhibition in Birkenhead now extended to March 11th .
Confirmation of the London dates of ‘Faster, Higher , Stronger’ – the Olympian series at Waterhouse and Dodd , 26 Cork Street London W1.
– July 17th to August 12th 2012
For French and German followers of my work, I will be in a new documentary – ‘Ballade pour une Reine’ to be aired on the TV channel Arte in possibly January next year . Dates to be confirmed soon .
The 60th Birthday exhibition at the Williamson museum and Art Gallery , Birkenhead will open on January 28th to Feb 27th .
Happy Christmas to everyone – major shows planned for next year . Hope to see you at some of them .
The exhibition ‘O Miroir’ at the Galerie Maubert has been extended to Jan 7th 2012.
Confirmed birthday museum exhbition – see Journal
New work will be on show soon at the Pan Art Fair in Amsterdam with Galerie Frans Jacobs – stand 100 . Thgis is from Nov 20th -27th .
Next week from the 23rd to 25thSept , I will be exhibiting at the Frans Jacobs Galeries in Amsterdam in connection with Elle Inside Design . All new work . Also the ‘O Miroir’ show at Galeries Maubert in Paris will be from Sept 24th to the end of november . Both these galeries Facebook pages have detailed information . Please find link on Galerie Frans Jacobs web site .
Late news …The Frans Jacaobs Galerie in Amsterdam are planning a one day exhibition of my work to coincide with the performance in Maastricht on Sept 11th . It will be held in an exhibition space inside the Basilica in Maastricht right next to where the stage will be .
Also coming up is an exhibition at Galerie Maubert in Paris. Its a mixed show called ‘O Miroir’ and it runs from 24th september until the end of November . I should have several works in the exhibition .
Next performance of Painting Music will be at 2pm on Sunday 11th September in Maastricht , Holland, part of the ‘Parcours’ Festival. This will be outdoors in one of Maastrichts old squares. I believe it is seated.
Confirmation of the dates of ‘Painting Music’ – a collaboration/performance involving live painting projected across the walls, floors, audience etc with live music by David Rhodes who is Peter Gabriels’ permanent guitarist and a long time collaborator with myself .
First performance will be in Aachen , Germany on August 24th in a converted church as part of the ‘Across the Borders Festival ‘
Second performance will be in Heerlen , Holland on August 27th outdoors as part of the ‘Cultura Nova ‘ Festival
Third performance will be in Maastricht on September 11th outdoors as part of the ‘Parcours’ Festival
All events free .
The Melbourne International Film Festival will be showing a very early 1984 short film of mine : ‘Any Special Peculiarities ‘ from July 21st to August 7th . It’s part of their 60th anniversary celebrations .
Soundtrack by David Rhodes.
Now on Facebook , Easy to spot under Graham Dean . I shall try and keep regular updates and studio photos, previews of new work and exhibitions, events etc . Sign up…..
Next showing of work will be at Scope , Art Miami , Florida USA from Dec 1st to the fith . There will be three large works there .
I will be exhibiting with Waterhouse and Dodd at Art London in Chelsea .
All six parts of ‘Falling between the Floorboards’ are now on this site in the videos section .
Showing at the Art Nocturne Knocke in Belgium from 7th August to the 15th . This is with Frans Jacobs Galerie and it will be the first time exhibiting in Belgium for 20 years .
Art Hamptons about to start this friday .
A number of works will be shown at Art Hamptons, New York with Waterhouse and Dodd from July 9th to 11th
I will be showing a number of new works with Waterhouse and Dodd at Scope Basel from the 15th to 19th June.
Part Two of ‘Falling Between the Floorboards’ is now up on this site under videos . It is also on YouTube under ‘Graham Dean’.
Next solo show and film showing will be at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham , UK , from July 3rd to July 31st . The opening will consist of a reception plus showing of the film then a Q&A session . Please contact the gallery if you need further details – 01252 713 208 . There will also be several new paintings on show for the first time .
Next show will be a solo exhibition at the Artantique Art Fair in Utrecht , The Netherlands . It will be at Booth 12 whilst I will also be exhibiting with Frans Jacobs at Booth 50 . Runs from April 10th to 18th .
The Maastrict Art Fair (TEFAF) is now on . I shall be exhibiting at the Frans Jacobs Gallerie in the contemporary section of the fair .
The last week of the exhibition in London .
There are some interesting shows being pencilled in for the next few years , more details when they are confirmed .
First off, after ‘Sleepers’ will be a show built around the ‘Falling Between the Floorboards’ film and this will start on July 1st till the 31st at the New Ashgate Gallery , Farnham . There will be a Q@A session and continous showings of the film plus a lot of supporting material in the shape of paintings , workbooks , photo copies etc . We are still working on details but I think it will be an unusual and interesting exhibition .
‘Sleepers’ – the next solo show will be at Waterhouse and Dodd starting on Feb 3rd . W&D are at 26 Cork St , London W1 . There is a catalogue ‘flyer’ for the show and the paintings can be viewed in the Contemporary Art section of W&D’s web site . Look under exhibitions .
Jan 16th 2010
The London Art Fair is now on for two more days only – there is a selection of new works from the forthcoming ‘Sleepers’ exhibition at W&D. Also there is now a 5 minute segment – part 1- of ‘Falling Between the Floorboards’ available on YouTube . More will follow in the future. Search for ‘Graham Dean’.
December 7th 2009
The dates for the ‘Sleepers’ exhibition at Waterhouse and Dodd , 26 Cork Street , London W1S 3ND ( +44(0)20 7734 7800 ) are now Feb 2nd to Feb 26th 2010 . There will be a catalogue .
November 18th 2009
The Pan Art Fair in Amsterdam is soon to start and I will be exhibiting as usual with Frans Jacobs Gallerie . The dates are November 21 st – 29th . This will be my last show of 2009.
September 23rd 2009
Next show at Alsmeer , Holland from the 8th October to November 15th , a solo exhibition .. Also an Aids charity art exhibition as part of the Milan triannale in November – a mixed show . More news shortly on the film and other exhibitions .
July 6th 2009
I will be exhibiting several works including some new ones at Art Hamptons , New York starting this thursday and running to sunday . This is with Waterhouse and Dodd – please contact them if you would be interested in tickets for the exhibition .
May 2nd 2009
The film now titled ‘Falling Between the Floorboards’ is nearing completion and a number of showings are presently being planned for later in the year . More details soon . The next London exhibition of new work will be in Feburary 2010 at Waterhouse and Dodd , Cork St . No title as yet . The next Dutch show will be in October this year – more details soon .
Next showings will be at the Maastrict Art Fair (TEFAF) from 13th March to 22nd March and Art Dubai from 18th to 21st March.
An early painting of mine will be on show at the Realisme Art Fair next week in Amsterdam . It is part of the ING Art Collection and is entitled ‘Compartments 2’ 1979 . Very much part of the realist era and possibly my best painting of that time , it was the middle section of a three part series – resembling a film sequence .
Next exhibition will be the London Art Fair at the Islington Design Center from 14th to the 18th January 2009 . I will be as usual . showing a number of new works with the Waterhouse and Dodd Gallery .
Also , a new development for 2009 will be a print collaboration with King and McGraw print publishers who will be presenting a wide range of paintings available in several print sizes. King and McGraw are one of the most respected print publishes in the world . They work with the Tate gallery , MOMA New york, and countless museums around the world with distinguished high quality reproductions in print .
Next outing for the new paintings will be at the Pan Art Fair, Amsterdam . Again , this will be with the Frans Jacobs Gallerie – stand 100 and it runs from November 23rd to 30th .
The Fragile Lessons exhibition is now closed . please refer to the journal section for details . The next exhibition will be with Frans Jacobs at the Pan Art Fair , Amsterdam .
“Fragile Lessons” invite
There is more news of ‘Fragile Lessons’ on the journal page with details of a collectors edition catalogue and artwork at a very special price .
‘Fragile Lessons’ will be at the Cube White gallery in Hilversum, near Amsterdam from 11th October to the 9th November 2008 . There will be a catalogue and special edition collectors catalogue . Further details soon .
Please refer to the journal for updates and details re the ‘Fragile Lessons’ exhibition in Amsterdam.
A painting of mine is in the new NIKE advert called ‘Courage’ for the Olympic Games .
There will be a large solo show of new and recent work in Amsterdam from October 11th to November 9th 2008 . This will be in a new space of the Frans Jacobs Gallerie . More info soon .
A few paintings will be at the Hamptons Art Fair, on Long Island , New York in July with Waterhouse & Dodd.
There will be several new large works at the Maastrict Art Fair (TEFAF) running from the 7th to 16th March . As usual I will be exhibiting with Frans Jacobs Galerie, Amsterdam and Paris,.
Next outing will be the Lodon Art Fair in Islington from the 15th to 20 th Jan. I will be exhibiting with Waterhouse and Dodd.
A group exhibition ‘Eros and Thanatos’ will be the next show at the Primo Piano Living Gallery in Lecce – in Puglia, Southern Italy. Three mid size paintings will be exhibited.
The next exhibition will be at the Pan Art Fair , Amsterdam – 18th to 25th November with the Frans Jacobs Gallerie. There will be several works, new and old at the fair. There will also be some smaller works in a group exhibition at the Primo Piano Living Gallery in Lecce, southern Italy . This will be from mid December onwards.
The vernissage of Art Zurich – the art Fair will be on thursday the 11th October. I will be exhibiting quite a number of new works with Frans Jacobs Gallerie .
‘The White Noise catalogue will be available at the end of September from Waterhouse and Dodd, 26 Cork Street, London’
New solo exhibition of paintings called ‘White Noise’ will be at Waterhouse and Dodd, Cork Street, London from 17th October to 9th November . There will be a special preview on Saturday 13th October for the Cork Street/ Frieze Art Fair breakfast. The catalogue will be available from W&D around about mid to late September ( tel. 020 773 47800 ).
Revised list of all forthcoming exhibitions;
Art London – 4th to 8th October
Art Int. Zurich – 11th to 14th October
Elysees de L’Art, Paris – 17th to 22nd October
‘White Noise’ London – 17th October to 9th November
Art 20 New York – 9th to 12th November
Pan Amsterdam – 18th to 25th November
Abu Dhabi Art Fair – 26th to 29th November
London Art Fair – 15th to 20th January 2008
TEFAF Maastricht – 6th to 16th March 2008
Graham has a new work ‘New Uniform’ selected for this years Royal Academy Summer Show from 11th June to 19th August.
Forthcoming exhibitions include:
Art Forum, Berlin with Frans Jacobs/ Judith Bouwknegt Gallery 29th September – 3rd October
Solo exhibition with Waterhouse and Dodd , London 16th October – 9th November
Art International Zurich with FJ/JB Gallery 11th October – 14th October
Pan Amsterdam with FJ/JB Gallery 18th November – 25th November
Abu Dhabi Art Fair 26th-29th November
The next shows will be 20/21 International Art Fair at the Royal College of Art, London from 22nd to 25th with Waterhouse and Dodd. A larger showing of work will be at TEFAF, Maastricht from 9th to 18th March with Frans Jacobs/ Judith Bouwknegt.
The Scheringa Museum in Holland recently purchased ‘Boat 2’ from the ‘Above and Below’ exhibition in Paris.
Graham will be exhibiting at Art London, Islington from 17th to 21st Jan with Waterhouse and Dodd. Also at TEFAF, Maastricht from March 9th -18th with Frans Jacobs/Judith Bouwknegt and at Art Cologne, April 18th-22nd with the same gallery.
He is currently working on new paintings for a solo show in London at Waterhouse and Dodd from October 10th to November 2nd.
There will be several new major exhibitions this October and November in Paris and Amsterdam. Graham will be having his next solo show titled ‘Above and Below’ at the Galerie Frans-Jacobs – Judith Bouwknegt, Rue Miromesnil 11, Paris from the 28th October.
He will also be exhibiting at Frans Jacobs- Judith Bouwknegt in Amsterdam in October and at the pAn Art Fair, Amsterdam from November 19th – 26th.
Graham will also be showing a new work in the Singer & Frielander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries, London from 13th -23rd September and Manchester Town Hall from 10th -21st October.
More news on these exhibitions soon.
Graham will be showing next at Palm Beach ! West Palm Beach with Waterhouse and Dodd from 17th-21st Feb and at TEFAF Maastricht with Franz Jacogs from 9th-19th March. He will be exhibiting new work at the London Art Fair, Islington with Waterhouse & Dodd, from 18th to 22nd January, 2006.
Also he will be showing at the Realisme 06 ArtFair in Amsterdam with the Frans Jacobs Gallery, Amsterdam. This will run from 18th to 22nd January 2006.
Thinking Bodies’ will be at Waterhouse and Dodd , 26 Cork Street , London from 19th October to 15th November. Full details with all the paintings and on line catalogue from www.modbritart.com
Also, Graham will be exhibiting at Art Cologne, 28thOct/1st Nov with the Frans Jacobs Gallery, Amsterdam. This will be a shared stand with Galerie Jorg Hasenbach – Antwerp/Cape Town.
Graham is currently exhibiting three new works at a Brighton Fringe Festival exhibition called ‘Erotica’ which is at the Argus Lofts Building and runs from 22nd April to 10th May. He then is participating in an art event with the Goethe Institute in Palermo. Sicily, from the end of April.
In June he will be exhibiting at the Art London art Fair in Chelsea from 8th to 12th, and he is currently working on a series of new paintings called ‘Thinking Bodies’ which will be at Waterhouse and Dodd in London from mid October to mid November. A full colour catalogue will accompany the show.
Previous News – 2004
Graham will be exhibiting at Palm Beach 3 in Florida from January 14 -17th.
The next solo exhibition will be with Waterhouse and Dodd in New York at the Art in the 20c art fair, at the Armory. There will be many recent paintings on show.
Graham is currently exhibiting mostly smaller works at the Maltby Gallery, Winchester. There will be many new works as well as a few older ones and the exhibition runs through to November 19th.He will also be showing with Waterhouse and Dodd, for the first time, at Palm Beach 3, Florida, from Jan 13 – 17th 2005. A number of smaller works are also now on show at the galleries’ Cork Street address.
UNIQUE OFFER to buy an exclusive Graham Dean print.
Only available via this website, ‘Nightswimming’ is the first in a series of A3 size prints individually signed by the artist. Click here for more information.
Graham will be included in a large, international art exhibition and symposium organised by the Goethe Institut in Palermo, Sicily. The event will take place this October and will feature many of the world’s leading artists, writers and poets. Called ‘WELTANSCHAUUNG’ the project is designed to show the state of the world at this present time
Graham will also be having a solo exhibition of mostly smaller works a Maltby Contemporary Art in Winchester. This will run from the 5th October to 19th November 2004.
“…We will all survive, addressed to such glimmering
shimmering transience with its insistent
invitation of other.
So close, so warm, so full.”
(Robert Creeley, Shimmer for Graham Dean,
Providence, Rhode Island, February 12, 2004)
Dean has recently returned from an International Fellowship Award at the Vermont Studio Center in the U.S.A. There he was surrounded by the stimulating company of other artists, writers, and poets from diverse cultures and social backgrounds. Robert Creeley, the celebrated American poet and critic, responded so strongly to Dean’s work in Vermont that he has written a short introduction and a dedicated poem for the catalogue that accompanies this exhibition:
“Then one night, not long before we were to leave, Graham took us to his working studio and we saw there these extraordinary images, revelations, one wants to say, of person. His ways of compounding the usual agencies of watercolor were very much a part of what made the image so haunting- its layerings, accumulations, resonances, the substance yet float of what one saw. It was an uncanny and very moving experience – and long after we’d come home, it stayed in mind.” (Robert Creeley)
Dean’s paintings are imbued with a deeply humanist quality. He describes them as “holding pens” for human emotion. His main concern running through the work exhibited in Shimmer is that of the Twin. This is expressed through the Mirror Image and through the presence of the Internal Figure:
“ … I know now that there was a literal “twin” present in the image, that phenomenon of the vestigial, physical “double”, who is not born but non the less survives in the given body of its twin. So that may well be the “other”, as it may also be the literal surviving twin… Long ago I learned that art was more given to question than to answers, and that that was its human authority. Graham Dean’s presences are a profound instance.” (Robert Creeley)
Shimmer is the third solo exhibition by one of Britain’s leading figurative painters. Examples of his work may be seen in many public and private collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Arts Council, Sir Terence Conran’s Great Eastern Hotel, The Body Shop International, Anita Roddick and Peter Gabriel. This exhibition is Dean’s first solo show since turning 50 in 2001 and marks his 30 th year of unbroken practice.
Examples of Graham Dean’s work can be seen at www.grahamdean.com and Waterhouse and Dodd.