Black Wolf, The Palms 2023
Photography / Fine art archival pigment print behind Museum Glass in a handmade black ash frame
A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of Florida-based Dean West.
The Australian-born artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality.
Extraordinary in their tonal range, digital clarity, and artistic vision, West’s meticulously choreographed scenes, character studies, and atmospheric landscapes powerfully yet synthetically link needs to desires and documentation to invention.
Passionately dedicated to the vast possibilities of digital photography as both a medium and a cultural epoch, West’s narratives draw inspiration from the total diversity offered by the visual arts.
While the tableau photography of Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall inform West’s understanding of photography as a form of contemporary communication, the paintings of David Hockney and Edward Hopper provide evident aesthetic direction.
The fictional world of cinema and the functional language of advertising have also clearly left their mark and taught lessons of their own.
International brands have embraced West’s vision through partnerships and important clients such as Disney, MTV, Bombay Sapphire, and Fox Sports.
Recognized as one of Saatchi & Saatchi’s Top 100 Emerging Photographers, West has also been honored with Advertising Photographer of the Year at the International Loupe Awards and the prestigious Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, Italy.
The Palms project is a collection of images and films by Dean West.
Originating in Florida, the works contain local character portrayals, landscapes, tableaux constructions, portraits and short films.
Pools and Palms and architecture are familiar motifs within his photographs.
The Palms series is a deeper dive into the many aspects of Florida’s culture and daily life.