Joshua Dean has shown in Brooklyn and Queens galleries, Saatchi’s Other Art Fair, New York Academy of Art group shows, and the Chelsea Art Museum. His work is in the private collections of The Clearing House and the CEO of ExxonMobil. He has been published in PoetsArtists Magazine, Create! Magazine and the London A5, Wotisart and Average Art Magazines.
Painting in a photorealistically, Joshua Dean chooses imagery from social media and the culture subsequent to the information age. His work investigates photography’s evolution. Highlighting media driven advertisements, home movies and photographic history, he explores these tableaux to better understand our technical awareness.
Drawing from Pop Art influences, the young painter developed an appreciation for social commentary. Seeing the significance of both traditional and postmodern painting, he devised a plan to join the two. Digitally reinterpreting traditional painting techniques, he paints as a human printer.
In order to understand a thing’s relevance, we need its adverse or adjacent-other to compare it to. My paintings reside in this flux - romanticism overlapping progress - in order to understand how the photo functions as cultural memory.
We collectively upload 4000 pictures per second to the Internet. Through this behavior, we may lose a critical eye to the effects of our efforts. In my paintings, I reappropriate traditional techniques by deconstructing current understanding and meaning to better gain new and different usages.
Echoing the printer, I use only four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. The work develops in the same manner as a print, left to right. The finished product hangs like a movie screen, slightly swaying when a person walks by, disrupting its ether.