Dean Melbourneis a painter that explores the human need or desire to escape reality. Whether in the cynical re-contextualising of his fashion “Idols” or the romantic staging in his figurative landscapes.
Melbourne is an avid collector of images that he finds seductive. Working from a variety of sources he appropriates these images, reflects on them, edits and re casts to reflect his own pre occupations.
The result is a new image or narrative that can be understood in its own right. The viewer has the choice to examine the symbolism of the components and challenge the image, or simply to indulge in the beauty and escape found there.
Dean Melbourne (b.1976) graduated with a BA(hons)Painting from University of Wolverhampton in 1999. He has exhibited nationally including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2009 and 2010 and is currently represented by Debut Contemporary Gallery in London.