Tamara Dean (Australia)

Tamara Dean is a critically acclaimed photo media artist working in photography, installation and moving image. Dean’s practice explores the relationship between humans and the environment.

Solo shows include High Jinks in the Hydrangeas 2021, Endangered 2018 & 2019, In Our Nature 2018, Instinctual 2017, Force of Nature Ballarat 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 was a selected artist for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art with her photographic series In Our Nature and Stream of Consciousness (SOC) installation and was the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts grant to assist in the creation of her SOC installation.

Dean’s experiential installations and use of moving image have been exciting conceptual developments in her practice and reflect contemporary photography’s emergent and expanding fields.

In 2013 Dean was selected for the ArtOmi International Artists Residency in Upstate New York. Works produced during this residency won first prize in the 2013 New York Photo Awards – Fine Art series category.

Dean has received numerous awards and notable achievements including – winner of the 2020 Goulburn Art Award, winner of the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, winner of the 2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award and winner of the 2018 Meroogal Women’s Art prize.

Finalist (two works) – 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London; High commendation – 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize; Winner – 2011 Olive Cotton Award and Winner – 2009 Sydney Life: Art & About.

Dean’s works have featured in the Sydney Contemporary 2021, 2019, 2017, 2015; Pingyao Photography Festival, China 2019, 2018, 2012; Denfair Melbourne 2017, FotoLeggendo Rome 2017, 2013; Auckland Art Fair 2019, 2018, 2016; ‘602’ Art Fair Melbourne 2016; Melbourne Art Fair  2018 & 2014; Hampton Art Fair NY 2014; Delhi Photo Festival India 2013 ; Fotofever Brussels Art Fair 2012.

Her work is held in notable collections including the National Gallery of Australia Collection, Canberra ACT; Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra ACT, Art Gallery of South Australia, Artbank, The Mordant Family Collection, Neil Balnaves Collection, Francis J. Greenburger Collection NYC, Tweed River Gallery, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Macquarie University Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery

Dean was a member of the Australian photographic collective ‘Oculi’ from 2001-2011; Sydney Morning Herald staff photographer 2001 – 2014; and was represented in Europe by Agence Vu, Paris for over a decade.


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