Dean Melbourne was born in Wordsley in 1976. He completed a BA on Fine Art Painting at the University of Wolverhampton in 1999.
Dean makes work that connects with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious and the shadow self. Using the familiar visual language of myth, folk tale and landscape, he draws from his own subconscious to understand both himself and to remind the viewer that there is more to them than their civilized presentation. Incantations and conjuring entice the viewer to surrender their rational and analytical consciousness for something of their archaic selves. Particularly focused currently on foliage, gardens mythical and real. Fairy lore and the long tradition of humans having magical experiences in woodlands.
Dean has exhibited across the UK and in international art fairs in London, Hong Kong, Miami and New York. He has shown work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on three occasions and was selected as one of Black Country’s “100 Masters”.
Post Totem. OhSh Projects, London 2022
Solo presentation at Wine Makers, Deptford.
Curated and selected by Toby Ursell
Night Shaking with the Ingram Collection, Woking (2021)
All Hallows Eve, Art Space, Portsmouth (2019)
The Dark Woods, Transition Gallery, London (2017)
London Art Fair, with Arusha Gallery, London (2017)
This Myth (solo), Gallery 8 (Coates & Scarry), London (2016)
Context Miami with Coates and Scarry, Miami (2015)
Garland, (solo) Gallery 8 (Coates & Scarry), London (2014)
RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2014)
Unnatural, Natural History, Royal West Academy, Bristol (2012)
The Power of Drawing (solo), Bryan Priest Newman Architects, BIrmingham (2012)
RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010)
RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009)
Trelex Residency 2017, Trelex Angelou 2019, Hogchester Arts, Residency period – January 2020
Turps Correspondance 2017
Twenty Twenty Gallery – Drawing Imaginary Landscapes workshop 2023