Dean’s inspiration as a sculptor comes from the beautiful environment of Kangaroo Island in South Australia where he lives. The beaches and bush are a constant source of ideas and natural materials.
From a childhood in the Adelaide Hills, a working life in the city, Dean made a lifestyle change to Darwin in the tropical north. Soon a career move led him from insurance to the building and metalwork industry where he learnt the many skills he now employs in his creative work.
A quieter life beckoned and Kangaroo Island’s gentle pace, unique environment and creative energy made it the ideal choice.
Working in metal, recycled copper and brass, Dean has an innate ability to capture the essence of a subject through movement and observation to detail.
“Dean has a technical virtuosity and engages in meticulous work with real sensitivity to materials” – Lisa Slade - Art Gallery of South Australia.
Dean won the People’s Choice Award at National Wine Centre of Australia – SALA 2015 for his work in copper and brass - “Beneath”.
Dean shares an open studio and home gallery with his artist partner Jennifer, on Kangaroo Island.