Dean Brown

Dean Brown: 'Impervious'


Oil on aluminium in chrome steel frame

90 x 75cm


In remarkable paintings there exists a difference between the subject matter and content. If you scratch the surface of any good painting you’ll find autobiography bubbling beneath.
This is true of Dean’s work. His subject matter may be a still life of a Martini glass with an orange or lemon, but in the content, you feel something else is happening. A personal drama is being played out,
one that can only be expressed in paint. Look beyond the skillful drawing and pensive compositions, and you’ll find that this is what Dean Brown is really grappling with.
His paintings are the product of a mind speaking to itself, and revealing itself in images packed with feeling.
Another great painter of still lives, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, said it best:
“One may use colours, but one paints with emotions.”
When looking at Dean Brown’s work, we are reminded that big emotions don’t only come from big paintings.


Excerpt from In Season exhibition essay by Robert Malherbe, 2020