Graham Dean has exhibited internationally now for over 25 years and his work is in many private and public collections throughout the world. He lives and works in Brighton, England.
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.
Using a technique he calls ‘'reverse archaeology'', Graham Dean re-invents the traditional uses of watercolour resulting in a unique technique. Contrasting layers of paint are applied separately on thick, handmade paper from Southern India.