Dean views the human body as ‘a holding pen for emotions’ and so his figures represent vessels that contain both ideas and emotions. Following Reich’s research into ‘armouring’, Dean envisages the body as “a memory bank - a thinking body. ... As the world gets more congested, so will peoples’ bodies”. These core themes were the basis for his first solo show at Waterhouse & Dodd, and subsequent exhibitions continued the exploration of the human condition and our relationship with our own environment. Dean has worked primarily in watercolour since the mid-eighties, but 2010 saw to a return to compositions on canvas and in oils, although the handling remains free and fluid and the colours still luminous.