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About Graham Dean

Graham Dean is inspired by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich’s theory of “muscular armor,” which posits that the physical body is an expression of one’s personality and a repository of emotion. Dean’s otherwordly portraits, which feature a diverse range of sitters, are united by the artist’s unique application of his material. Working in watercolor, he renders forms with soft, bleeding edges that imply intangible elements such as atmosphere, aura, and emotion. Inspiring comparisons to the work of other contemporary painters such as Peter Doig and Marlene Dumas, Dean’s paintings seek to create connections between the body and mind and conditions both personal and universal.

British, b. 1951