Dean Thompson

Dean Thompson’s skilfully drafted and thoughtfully composed treatment of the hard-edge subject matter – skulls, devils, thorns – of a gritty under-belly, imbue these subjects with a fragility and delicacy not often associated with his referenced tattoos and metal record sleeves. Thompson’s interest in the capabilities of the materials he uses, extend somewhat to the submission to these materials, relinquishing control and revelling in uncertainty. Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Painting) VCA, and the selection as a finalist in the Clifton’s International Art Prize, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and Hong Kong in 2008, Thompson has exhibited consistently throughout Melbourne. He is also the founder and manager of Paradise Hills Gallery, Melbourne.