Dean Home

Dean Home’s works are a sensual delight to behold. The artist is a master colourist who brings together an array of influences to create sumptuous Still Lifes. Entering in the worlds that Home creates feels like stumbling into Coleridge’s Xanadu, his paintings burst with rich jades and crimsons, exotic objects and enigmatic narratives.

 

Home’s artistic practice has always been deeply influenced by mythology. His earlier work invoked Charon, the ferryman who herded souls along the river Styx to the underworld. It is in these early paintings we can see the beginning of his experiments with light, dark and shadow and his fascination with the cycles of life and death.

 

In 2001 Home’s attention turned to the Still Life genre. The artist says “I picked up some Chinese porcelain bowls at auction, including one from the Kangxi period” (1662-1772). These objects opened up a new direction and a new vernacular for Home’s work. They became the cornerstone of his now recognisable style. He has relentlessly perfected his technique combining his gift for colour with carefully considered composition. Home plays with theStill Life genre; even though figures are no longer the explicit focus of his work he incorporates them through the characters that decorate the fabric and bowls. Employing the motifs and symbols in an ever-evolving set of fables and parables.

 

Home’s iterative vocabulary includes playful children,blooming lotus leaves and vertiginous mountains. He creates tension in his painting by imbuing his objects with competing sentiments. The focus of the foreground is dedicated to the realm of the senses; the sensual and the erotic:overripe fruits bursting with seeds and dripping with juices. The fecund images remind us that ripeness comes before rot. Like Dutch masters before him, Home employs fruit and flowers as a momento mori, a subtle reminder that all things are subject to inevitability of death. The backgrounds balance the compositions, reserved figures and static objects reference the strictures of culture and civilisation.

 

Home has an obsessive attention to detail. Curating the objects, perfecting the angle of light and photographing each scene up to 200times as if sketches for his large painterly works. However, this process does not exclude the opportunity for improvisation. Home says he’ll often come across a flower or fruit and add it in to the composition on a whim. He refers to the joy derived from ‘extemporising’, composing and performing with the elements until they come together transcending their daily functions and combining to create a kind of theatrical beauty. Home’s work owes a debt to the masters from Velázquez to Caravaggio echoing their penchant for chiaroscuro and drama.

Biography

Born 1961, Busselton, Western Australia

 

Education​

1979-81

Bachelor of Arts, Curtin University, Perth
1985

Lecturer, Drawing & Printmaking, Kalgoorie College WA
1986-87

Lecturer, Drawing, Ballarat University College

 

Selected Solo Exhibition

2019

Metro Gallery, Melbourne


2018

Gallery One, Gold Coast

Arthouse Gallery, Melbourne

Retrospective at Metro Gallery, Melbourne


2017

Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2016

Gallery One, Gold Coast


2016

Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery


2015

Gallery One, Gold Coast

Arthouse Gallery, Sydney


2014

Metro Gallery, Melbourne


2013

Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Arthouse Galleries, Sydney


2012

Paintbox Gallery, Canberra


2011

Arthouse Galleries, Sydney


2010

Metro Gallery, Melbourne


2009

Paintbox Gallery, Canberra


2008

Paintbox Gallery, Canberra


2007

Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

Paintbox Gallery, Canberra


2006

Arthouse Gallery, Sydney


2005

Church Street Gallery, Perth


2004

Blacksphere Gallery, Melbourne

Arthouse Gallery, Sydney


2003

Qdos Gallery, Lorne

Goya Gallery, Melbourne


2002

Church Gallery, Perth


2001

Goya Galleries, Melbourne


2000

BMG Galleries, Adelaide
New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle


1999

Bulle Galleries, Melbourne


1997

New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle


1996

Lyall Burton Gallery, Melbourne


1995

New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle


1994

Lyall Burton Gallery, Melbourne
New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle
Greenaway Galleries, Adelaide


1993

New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle


1992

Bunbury Regional Art Gallery


1991

David Ellis Fine Art, Melbourne
New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle (Perth Festival)


1990

New Collectables Gallery, Fremantle


1989

David Ellis Fine Art, Melbourne


1988

David Ellis Fine Art, Melbourne


1984

Howard Street Galleries, Perth

 

Selected Recent Group Shows

2014

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Finalist


2013

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour RegionalGallery, Finalist


2012

Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Finalist

Australian Still Life -not just another bowl of flowers, Goulburn Regional Gallery


2006, 2004, 2002 & 1991

Mandorla Invitational Art Prize Perth


2004

Fleurieu Penisula Art of Food and Wine Prize, Finalist


2001

A Private View: Charles Nodrum Gallery


1998-1999

Stigma Touring exhibition: UTS Gallery, Sydney; Bendigo Art Gallery, Vic; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Vic; Hamilton Art Gallery, Vic; Drill Hall Gallery, ACT; Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Vic, Flinders University Art Gallery, SA.


1995

Moët & Chandon, Touring exhibition – all State galleries& NGA Finalist


1991

New Art, BMG Gallery, Adelaide


1989

City of Bunbury Art Gallery


1982 & 1983

TVW7 Young Artists Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Finalist

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The Garden's Gifts
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Suzhou Garden Scene
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Sunworn Friends
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Summer Circus
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Dean Home, Summer Circus, Limited edition archival pigment print, 71 x 88 cm (image); 88 x 91 cm (sheet), Edition of 99
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Season Finale
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Memento from the Jade Garden
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Dean Home, Memento from the Jade Garden, Limited edition archival pigment print, 80 x 70 cm (image); 96 x 82 cm (sheet), Edition of 99
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Winding Rivers - Remote Places
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Dean Home, Winding Rivers - Remote Places, 2020, Limited edition archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm (image size); 72 x 92 cm (sheet size), Edition of 100
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Last Light in the Forest
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Dean Home, Last Light in the Forest, 2020, Limited edition archival pigment print, 56 x 84 cm (image size); 72 x 92 cm (sheet size), Edition 26 of 100
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Gift from the Country
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Dean Home, Gift from the Country, 2020, Limited edition archival pigment print, 84 x 74 cm (image size); 105 x 84 cm (sheet size), Edition 25 of 100
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Brushpots and Teacups on the Way Home
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Dean Home, Brushpots and Teacups on the Way Home, 2020, Limited edition archival pigment print, 55 x 64 cm (image size); 74 x 74 cm (sheet size), Edition of 100
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Artichoke and Oranges
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Dean Home, Artichoke and Oranges, 2003, Oil on board, 80 x 80 cm
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A Secret Desire
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Dean Home, A Secret Desire, Limited edition archival pigment print, 71 x 81 cm (image size); 88 x 91 cm (sheet), Edition of 99
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