Tamara Dean Portfolio #02

Luca and Aki, About Face, 2016 © Tamara DeanShoaling, Instinctual serie, 2011 © Tamara DeanTamaraDean, Earth&Air, Instinctual serie, 2015Tamara Dean, Embrase, Instinctual serie, 2015Centre of the Universe, 2011 © Tamara DeanCosmos Instinctual, 2015 © Tamara DeanEbenezer Rock Drop'The Edge, 2013 © Tamara Dean'By feel' The Edge © Tamara Dean, 2013The Edge, 2013 © Tamara Dean Olsen Irwin Gallery'Finding Light', The Edge 2013 © Tamara DeanNakisha, 2015 © Tamara DeanReflection_Ritualism_2009 © Tamara DeanRitualism 2009 © Tamara Dean'The Keeper, This too Shall Pass' series Winter Solstice, 2010 Sydney, Australia © Tamara Dean 'The Pack, This too Shall Pass' series © Tamara Dean 2010

TAMARA DEAN – photographer, Australie

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Tamara Dean is an Australian photo media artist whose practice explores the relationship between humans and the natural world in contemporary Western society

She displays  her new series « Instinctual » in Sydney, galerie Martin Browne Contemporary from 02 to 28 February 2017.

My work explores the relationship between humans and the natural world and the role of instinct in our contemporary lives. Natural cycles within time and space contribute to my way of investigating and engaging with the world around me.

My practice relies on my subjects experiencing and engaging with their environment. The action of ‘going to’ and experiencing the location and subsequent ritual is as important as the photographic representation at the end.

The sense of upper-world and underworld within these works is representative of consciousness and the subconscious.

The absence of clothing and natural setting is designed to symbolise a universal sense of humanity and our inherent animalism.

An acknowledgment that we are indeed a part of nature.


Dean is a selected artist for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

In 2017 Dean was a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize with two works exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

In 2016 Dean’s work was curated by Owen Craven in ‘Antipodean Enquiry’ at Yavuz Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore.

In 2013 Dean was selected for the ArtOmi International Artists Residency, New York. Works produced during this residency won first prize in the 2013 New York Photo Awards – Fine Art series category. Dean also collaborated with Iranian artist Bahar Behbahani on Kneading Memories, a multi-discipline site specific performance and installation work.

Dean has received numerous awards including a high commendation – 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, winner – 2011 Olive Cotton Award and winner – 2009 Sydney Life: Art & About.

Dean’s work has been selected for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Her works have featured in the 2016 Auckland Art Fair, 2016 ‘602’ Art Fair, Melbourne, 2015 Sydney Contemporary, 2014 Melbourne Art Fair, 2013 Aspettando FotoLeggendo Festival, Italy; 2012 Fotofever Brussels Art Fair and 2012 Pingyao Photography Festival, China.

Solo shows include Instinctual 2017, About Face 2016, Here-and-Now 2015, The Edge 2014, Only Human 2012, This too Shall Pass, 2010 , Ritualism and Divine Rites, 2009.

Dean’s work is held in a number of public and private collections including Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York; The Mordant Family Collection, Australia; Artbank, Australia, the Balnaves Collection, Australia, and the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD.

Dean was a member of the Oculi photographic collective from 2001-2011.

Dean is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney and Jayne H Baum Gallery, NYC