on the heels of a hugely successful exhibition earlier this year
at Goya Galleries in Melbourne, followed by a whirlwind visit to
Rome, comes an exhibition of new work by Dean Home.
Deans paintings have been influenced by the great masters
of art for many years, drawing inspiration from Caravaggio, Raphael
and Velazquez. However he produces a style completely unique and
instantly recognisable as his own. In recent years his investigations
into the work of Caravaggio have resulted in large studies of fruit,
sometimes drawn literally from famous paintings, but most often
from still life installations that he sets up himself. These fruit
studies exude the same intensity and drama that he applies to his
studies of the human figure. Strong contrasts of light and shade
combine with sensual overtones, rich colours, shifting fields of
vision, and a certain darkness of the soul.
Included in this exhibition will be some of the figure studies for
which Dean is becoming well known. He interprets the many facets
of the human psyche in dark swathes of paint, complemented with
rich colour or gold leaf. Dean often uses the male nude as a classic
vehicle to portray human drama and inner turmoil, drawing inspiration
from the heroic and classic nudes of the past.
Dean was born in Busselton, studied at Curtin University and now
lives in Melbourne. He will be coming to Perth to promote his exhibition
at The Church Gallery and will reside in the artist in residence
accommodation at the rear of the gallery for two weeks.
exhibition is proudly presented by The Church Gallery in conjunction
with Jan Hart from Ferguson Hart Estate. Jan was previously the
Director of New Collectables Gallery in East Fremantle and now manages
Ferguson Hart Estate, in Ferguson Valley Dardanup, purveyors of
fine wines and fine art.