Approved: 07.02.2013

Dean Melbourne

Artist, Arts development worker, Curator, Gallerist

Approved: 07.02.2013

I make work that connects with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious and the shadow self. Using the familiar visual language of myth, folk tale and landscape, I draw from my own subconscious to understand both myself and to remind the viewer that there is more to them than their civilized presentation. Incantations and conjuring designed to entice the viewer to surrender their rational and analytical consciousness for something of their archaic selves.

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    Artist Statement

    I make work that connects with the Jungian notion of the collective unconscious and the shadow self. Using the familiar visual language of myth, folk tale and landscape, I draw from my own subconscious to understand both myself and to remind the viewer that there is more to them than their civilized presentation. Incantations and conjuring designed to entice the viewer to surrender their rational and analytical consciousness for something of their archaic selves.

    A change in practice after mental health problems has meant that my practice is now more broad in terms of approaches and materials. 

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    “We all know those “vegetal and animal forms” and have always known them. …….. for they stalked our dreams and were glimpsed in our bedtime stories and nursery rhymes.”  -

    James Hollis. The Archetypal Imagination

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    • 2016 - This Myth, Coates & Scarry, London
    • 2014 - Garland, Coates &Scarry, Gallery 8, London
    • 2013 - A Real Place Imagined, , Winterbourne House, University of Birmingham, 
    • 2012 - Dean Melbourne @BPN, Bryant Preist Newman Architects, Birmingham

    Selected Group exhibitions

    • 2017 - The London Art Fair, Arusha Gallery. London
    • 2016 - Group Salon, Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
    • 2016 - Cupar Arts Festival, Cupar, Scotland
    • 2015 - Art Central Hong Kong, 
    • 2015 - Context Art Miami, Miami
    • 2015 - Salon, New Art WM, Birmingham Museum & Art gallery, 
    • 2015 - Art15, Olympia, London
    • 2014 - Art14, Olympia, London
    • 2013 - Affordable Art fair, Hampstead, London
    • 2013 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
    • 2012 - Natural/Unnatural with Coates & Scarry, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
    • 2012 - POP UP Show - Coates and Scarry, Cube Gallery, Bristol
    • 2012 - Veiled Voyages, View Art Gallery, Bristol
    • 2010 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London

    Artist talks/ Residencies/ Awards / Project etc

    • 2017 - Adrift (Multi platform piece) Curiosity Productions
    • 2016/17 - Turps Banana Correspondance Course
    • 2017 - Trelex Residency, Trelex, Switzerland
    • 2017 - Selected for Creative Black Country's 100 Masters. 
    • 2013 - The tipping point for artists, Creative Enterprise, Coventry University
    • 2013 - Artist Talk , Twenty twenty gallery, Much Wenlock, Shrophire
    • 2013 - Artist Talk - Natural/Unnatural, RWA, Bristol Site specific
    • 2013 - Dean Melbourne @ BPN large scale drawing/painting, Bryant Preist Newman Architects, Birmingham