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Designated as "one of the world's best emerging photographers" by Capture Magazine, West has made a name for himself with his highly conceptual and thought-provoking style. 

Dean West's body of work plays with multilayered states of consciousness through the silent dialogue between the elements he has meticulously arranged on stage, hence forcing imagination to overstep the frames of reality. While Fabricate settled in a mythology-inspired context, In Pieces investigates the identity of contemporary man within a society that dictates most aspects of his expected role.

 

ln 2008, West was included in Saatchi & Saatchi's collection of the world's top 100 emerging photographers. ln the following years, his series 'Fabricate' received worldwide recognition from top photography competitions, including : the International Colour Awards, the Lucie Awards, the Loupe Awards. In 2009, Dean was the winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize, Venlce, Italy; This final award being the most prestigious for ernerging artists with over 5,000 applicants gunning for the top prize in photography, sculpture and painting. Zoom Magazine quickly nominated Dean in the 'New Talent' issue of 2010 and the Magenta Foundation awarded him an emerging Photographer of Canada. Dean's body of work is now being collected by a growing number of sophisticated art collectors in North America and Europe.

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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.

A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born (1983) 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” in 2008, West has also been honored with “Advertising Photographer of the Year” at the International Loupe Awards (2008), the prestigious “Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice, Italy (2009) as well as Lens Culture "Emerging Talent" Award (2018). International art curators have taken notice of the accomplished skill West applies to both his digital photography technique and the complex, cerebral narratives offered in his images. His works have been exhibited at important institutions around the world including the Columbus Museum of Art (2012), Faneuli Hall Museum of Boston (2015), the Paris Expo Porte De Versailles (2015), Puls 5 Gallery in Zürich, and the Discovery Times Square Museum in New York City (2014). Hailed as one of the most promising artists of his generation and identified as one of the most accomplished practitioners of digital image making as an art form, West has been honored by acquisitions of his work by some of the most prestigious collections of contemporary art, including that of Sir Elton John.

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