Tamara Dean Australian, b. 1976

Overview

Tamara Dean is a critically acclaimed photo media artist working in photography, installation and moving image, her practice explores the relationship between humans and the environment. Her works aims to bridge the separate-ness that we as humans create in our minds between ourselves and nature. 

 

Tamara has held multiple solo exhibitions and group exhibition highlights include the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art (2018), Tamara was also selected for the ArtOmi International Artists Residency in Upstate New York where she continued to win The New York photo awards (2013). Selected prizes include Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (Winner 2019), Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (Winner 2018), Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London (2016). Work has been exhibited at International art fairs including Sydney Contemporary (2015, 2017, 2019), Pingyao Photography Festival (2012, 2018, 2019). FotoLeggendo Rome (2013,2017), Auckland Art Fair (2016, 2018, 2019, Dehli Photo Festival, India (2013). Tamara’s work is held in notable private and public 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.

 

Exhibitions
Works
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Biography

Born: Sydney Australia, 1976

Lives and works: Australia

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019  Endangered at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

2019  Moving Image commission ‘Outside In’, 100 Mount St, Nth Sydney 

2018  Endangered preview at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney 

2018  Our Nature at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney 

2017  Instinctual at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney 

2017  Force of Nature at The Lost Ones Gallery, Ballarat 

2016  About Face at Contemporaries, Sydney

2015  Here-and-Now immersive installation at Studio 1, Creative Practices Lab UNSW, Sydney  

2014  The Edge at Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney 

2012  Only Human at Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney

2011  Only Human at James Makin Gallery, Melbourne 

2011  Only Human at John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle

2010  This too Shall Pass at Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney

2009  Ritualism at Charles Hewitt Gallery and ‘Colin, Biggers and Paisley’ Art Space, Sydney 

2009  Divine Rites at Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney 

 

BIENNIALS

2018     Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

 

AWARDS, COMMISSIONS AND RESIDENCIES 

2019  Winner, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australia

2019  Highly Commended, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art prize, Australia

2018  Winner, Josephine Ulrick & Win Shubert Photography Award, Australia

2018  Winner, Meroogal Women’s Art prize, Australia

2018  Finalist, Bowness Photography Prize, Australia 

2018  Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art prize, Australia

2017  National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist – National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2017  Finalist, Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art prize, Australia

2016  Finalist, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

2016  Finalist, 64th Blake Prize, Australia

2015  Highly Commended, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Australia 

2015  Selected artist - Redlands Art Prize, Australia 

2015  UNSW Media Residency, Australia

2014  Highly Commended, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Australia 

2014  Finalist, 63rd Blake Prize with The Artists,  Australia

2014  Winner of The New York Photo Awards, Fine Art Series - Powerhouse Arena, New York, US

2014  National Photographic Portrait Prize finalist – National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2013  Art OMI Australia, Art OMI International Artists Residency, Upstate New York, USA

2013  Highly Commended, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australia

2013  Highly Commended, Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, Australia

2013  Finalist, 62nd Blake Prize, Australia 

2011  Winner, Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture, Australia 

2009  Winner, Art & About, Sydney Life, Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia

2009  Highly Commended, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Australia

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, Australia

Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, US 

Artbank, Australia 

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia 

The Mordant Family Collection, Australia 

Tweed River Gallery, NSW, Australia 

Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD, Australia

Macquarie University Art Gallery, Australia

Newcastle Art Gallery, Australia 

Neil Balnaves Collection, Australia 

Art Omi Collection, New York, US

 

ART FAIRS

2019  Sydney Contemporary, 

2019  Auckland Art Fair, NZ 

2018   Pingyao Photography Festival, China 

2018   Melbourne Art Fair, Australia 

2018   Sydney Contemporary, Australia 

2018   Auckland Art Fair, NZ 

2017   Denfair Melbourne, Australia

2017   FotoLeggendo Festival, Italy 

2016   Auckland Art Fair, NZ 

2016   602 Melbourne, Australia

2015   Sydney Contemporary, Australia 

2014   Hampton Art Fair, New York, US

2014   Melbourne Art Fair, Australia

2013   Aspettando FotoLeggendo Festival, Italy 

2013   Delhi Photo Festival, India 

2012   Fotofever, Brussels, Belgium 

2012   Pingyao Photography Festival, China 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - Critical essays, reviews and articles

2019 Maya Asha, ‘A Review of Tamara Dean: Endangered at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney’ in Arteviste Review, London, August 2019

2019  Jacqui Taffel, ‘Tamara Dean uses beauty to explore the deep waters of climate change’ in Spectrum, The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, July, 2019

2018  Australian Art Collector, Issue 83, Australia, January-March 2018

2018 Gina Fairley, ‘Review: Adelaide Biennial stumbles on curatorial tensions’ in ArtsHub, Australia, March 2018

2018  Andrew Frost, ‘Adelaide Biennial of Australian art - a contemporary snapshot tackling big social issues’ in The Guardian, Australia, March 2018

2018  John McDonald, ‘2018 Adelaide Biennial: Difference as the natural order of things’ in The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, March 2018

2018  Alexis Buxton-Collins, ‘The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art is Celebrating Difference’ in Broadsheet, Australia, March 2018

2018  Jane Llewellyn, ‘The Garden of Divided Worlds’ in The Adelaide Review, Adelaide, March 2018

2018  Kate Hennessy, ‘Tamara Dean’s dusk photography’ in The Saturday Paper, Sydney,  February 2018

2018  Louise Nunn, ‘Adelaide Festival Review 2018: Divided Worlds: 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art’ in The Advertiser, Australia, March 2018  

2017  Andrew Taylor, ‘Artists discover history casts a dark shadow over Manly’s North Head’ in The Sydney Morning Herald, December 2017

2017  Lisa Slade, ‘Off the Wall: Alive in Nature’ in In Daily, Adelaide, November 2017

2016  Pip Coates, ‘Photographer Tamara Dean explores human instinct and nature’ in Australian Financial Review Magazine, Australia, December 2016

2016  ‘Taylor Wessing photographic portrait 2016-in pictures’ in The Guardian, UK, November 2016

2016  ‘About Face’ a Series Premier with Tamara Dean in Contemporaries, Sydney, May 2016

2016  ‘Tamara Dean In Conversation’ in Contemporaries, Sydney, April 2016

2015  Lachlan Bennett, ‘Photographer Tamara Dean creates Here and Now installation to take audiences back to nature’ in The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, February 2015

2012  Ashley Crawford, Profile Piece in Australian Art Collector, Issue 60, Australia, April-June 2012

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY - Documentaries

2019  Josh Flavell, ‘Tamara Dean at 100 Mount Street, Outside In’  by UAP Studio, Sydney, 2019

2018  ‘Tamara Dean In Our Nature’ in AGSA Youtube Series, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

2015  ‘Artist Tamara Dean takes us into the Here and Now’ in About UNSW Youtube Series, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, February 2015

2014  John Leahy, ‘Tamara Dean, The Edge’ in a Vimeo Series, February 2014