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Désigné comme "L'un des meilleurs photographes émergents" par Capture Magazine, West affirme aujourd'hui un style hautement conceptuel et psychotonique. 

Avec méticulosité, Dean West articule son oeuvre au moyen d'un dialogue silencieux entre ses héros à l'élégance sourde et les différents éléments scrupuleusement mis en scène. Il créé ainsi des images possédant plusieurs niveaux de lecture et dont l'aspect impeccable pousse notre imaginaire aux confins de la réalité. Qu'il puise dans l'héritage mythologique (Fabricate), ou s'interroge sur le rôle de l'homme moderne au sein d'une société normalisée (In Pieces), les protagonistes de West s'imposent en héros impassibles d'histoires extraordinaires. 

Dès 2008, West fut inclus dans la collection Saatchi & Saatchi regoupant les cent meilleurs photographes émergents. L'année suivante, sa série Fabricate arriva en tête de nombreuses competitions de photographie internationales telles que: le Prix International Colour, les Lucie Awards ou encore les Loupe Awards. En 2009, West remporta le IV International Arte Laguna Prize à Venise, en Italie; il s'agit d'une prestigieuse récompense décernée au meilleur artiste émergent, celui-ci étant choisi parmi plus de 5000 postulants, tout medium confondus. S'ensuivit la parution de son travail dans l'édition "Nouveau Talent" de Zoom Magazine en 2010 et sa nomination en tant que Photographe Emergent du Canada par la Fondation Magenta. Son oeuvre a aujourd'hui trouvé place au sein de collections toujours plus nombreuses Amérique du nord ainsi qu'en 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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