Last Light in the Forest

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This work has been reproduced under the supervision of the artist as a limited edition of just 100 giclee prints, available exclusively here. Select the 'read more' link below for size, paper and frame specifications, and further details.

Size

  • Medium
    • Image Size 40cm x 60cm
    • Paper Size 55cm x 70cm
  • Large
    • Image Size 56cm x 84cm
    • Paper Size 70cm x 91cm

Using the highest quality archival inks and paper, each work is hand-signed by the artist and delivered with a certificate signed by the Editors. Delivery may take up to six weeks. View The Store’s full collection of Dean Home giclee prints here

Dean Home: An Artist’s Journey, is a retrospective showing at Metro Gallery, Melbourne until July 21. The River Passes, at Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, September 27–October 13, is an exhibition of recent works. With a career spanning some 35 years and more than 40 exhibitions, Home has created a unique body of work. The fluid explorations of the artist’s early years manifested in a variety of ways, from his exploration into collage and the landscape of Western Australia, to his in-depth psychological and spiritual works analysing the male figure.

In the early 2000s, Dean Home changed tack. A burgeoning interest in still life and the poetic opportunities of Chinese ceramics led him to a more thorough interrogation of oriental aesthetics and concepts, which the artist still pursues.

Paper

  • All prints are produced on a 300gsm 100% cotton archival fine art paper using the latest generation 10-colour pigmented ink sets. 
  • Employing one of the most durable print processes available today, these prints can be expected to last a lifetime.
Frames
  • All frames are crafted in Melbourne from sustainably sourced Australian hardwood. 
  • Each frame is carefully sanded and finished by hand. 
  • The following timber and finish combinations are available: Tasmanian Oak - Natural Finish; Blackwood - Natural Finish; Tasmanian Oak - Deep Brown Finish; Tasmanian Oak - Satin Black Lacquer; Tasmanian Oak - Satin White Lacquer. 
  • Frame profile measures 19mm wide by 45 mm deep. 
  • 3mm acrylic glazing is standard on all frames with prints set back from the acrylic with 15mm spacers.

Dean Home’s works are a sensual delight to behold. The artist is a master colourist who brings together an array of influences to create sumptuous still lifes. Entering the worlds Home creates feels like stumbling into Coleridge’s Xanadu, the paintings bursting with rich jades and crimsons, exotic objects and enigmatic narratives.

Home’s artistic practice has always been deeply influenced by mythology. His earlier work invoked Charon, the ferryman who herded souls along the river Styx to the underworld. It is in these early paintings that we can see the beginning of his experiments with light, dark and shadow, and his fascination with the cycles of life and death.

In 2001, Home’s attention turned to the still life genre. “I picked up some Chinese porcelain bowls at auction, including one from the Kangxi period [1662–1772],” he says. These objects opened up a new direction and vernacular for Home’s work, becoming the cornerstone of his now-recognisable style. He has relentlessly perfected his technique, combining his gift for colour with carefully considered composition. Home plays with the genre; even though figures are no longer the explicit focus of his work, he incorporates them through the characters that decorate the fabric and bowls, employing the motifs and symbols in an ever-evolving set of fables and parables.

Home has an obsessive attention to detail, curating the objects, perfecting the angle of light and photographing each scene up to 200 times. However, this process doesn’t exclude improvisation; he says he’ll often come across a flower or fruit and add it to the composition on a whim. He refers to the joy derived from “extemporising”, composing and performing with the elements until they come together, transcending their daily functions and combining to create a kind of theatrical beauty. Home’s work owes a debt to the masters, from Velázquez to Caravaggio, echoing their penchant for chiaroscuro and drama. Courtesy Metro Gallery, Melbourne

Expected delivery within 6 weeks

Size

  • Medium
    • Image Size 40cm x 60cm
    • Paper Size 55cm x 70cm
  • Large
    • Image Size 56cm x 84cm
    • Paper Size 70cm x 91cm
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