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Palma de la Noche Photograph - Limited Edition of 25

Dean West

United States

Photography, Digital on Paper

Size: 21 W x 30 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

Palma de la Noche (Palm of the Night) 2021 is the latest large scale photograph to be released from Dean West’s Floridian series, The Palms West's cinematic, pictorial approach is grounded in not just taking photographs but making them- emphasizing his role as a picture maker and not just a picture taker. The works are so technically brilliant they challenge the viewer to consider its ‘realness’ much like Andreas Gursky, inventing new worlds from real photographs and pushing the boundaries of the medium through tableaux based observations. Photographed over the course of a year, West took specific geographical points around Florida and captured them multiple times. The synthetic process undermines the idea of the “moment” in photography- opting in fact to capture an array of many moments, disconnected from their spatial surroundings and rearranged across a temporal field. Due to the complexities and limitations of photographing at night, it is incredibly rare to see an image captured of nature at night so perfectly. “I know the world I am creating is not a complete reality. Even photography itself is paradoxical by nature when at the hands of the creator. The medium has given me tools to not only capture but paint a world I want to live in and to some people, that experience of seeing what I am imagining is a valid and connecting experience” Standing in front of the photograph is like standing in front of a Barnett Newman, color field based reductionist work. The tall palm staring back at you, as if it were another human being. “The palm tree that stands tall and resilient surrounded by constant turbulence and battering is all of us” The image’s light, preternatural clarity and detail speak of the artist’s intention with developing a world rather than capturing it- a continuation of West’s ongoing dance with photography and escapism.

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Photography:Digital on Paper

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:25

Size:21 W x 30 H x 0.1 D in

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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) and the prestigious “Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice, Italy (2009). 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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