Former art student shows off in London
Former University of Wolverhampton Fine Art student, Dean Melbourne, has unveiled his second solo show in London - showcasing his most recent paintings and works on paper. This Myth is an exhibition which explores the subconscious and draws on mythology and legend to create a hybrid blend of human, animals and nature in the wild.
Dean, 39 from Stourbridge, is a full time painter after working in a variety of art and corporate education roles and has enjoyed success after selling his work to collectors in New York, Miami and Barcelona. He was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for the third time and presented his first Solo Exhibition "Garland" in London two years ago.
Represented by Bristol based international exhibitors, Coates & Scarry, Dean is exhibiting his new work in London until Saturday 12th March at Gallery 8, Duke Street, St James.
He said: “I’ve always painted and I’ve never given up. That’s a message I want to pass on to people who are being creative but can’t quite visualise how that might translate into a career in the arts – especially in the Black Country which has a history steeped in traditional manufacturing and industry.
“My new solo show is a body of work that focuses on the animalistic side of human nature to bring our most hidden desires to the forefront. I thought a lot about childhood memories of getting lost in other worlds and for the first time I built a set and used live models and props to create imagery – in essence I was the stage manager for my own productions.
“The Fine Art course at University offered me the opportunity to explore my interest in painting in more depth and I’m pleased I chose to study in the Black Country. I still live here and I’m proud of the place and what it gives me.”
Dean Melbourne: This Myth, 28th February – 12th March, Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James, London, SW1Y 6BN. For more information please visit: www.coatesandscarry.com or www.deanmelbourne.com. For more information about creative courses at the University of Wolverhampton: www.wlv.ac.uk
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Date Issued: 3rd March 2016