Tamara Dean is a photo-media artist working in photography, installation and moving image. The conceptual framework underpinning the last decade of Dean’s art practice has been and continues to be the relationship between humans and their environment. Natural cycles of life are ever-present in Dean’s depictions of the human figure in landscapes, as is the absence of clothing to symbolise a universal sense of humanity, representing our instinctual human nature and inherent animalism. The return of the primal in the contemporary.
Tamara Dean has exhibited internationally over the past decade with solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Ballarat. She was a selected artist for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art where she contributed both an installation and photo series. She has won multiple awards with notable recent achievements including; winner of the 2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, winner of the 2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, winner of the 2018 Meroogal Women’s Art prize and finalist (two works) of the 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London. 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's work is held in major public and private collections internationally, 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 and Newcastle Art Gallery.