Dean (b. 1976, Sydney, Australia) is a photographic artist
based in Australia whose works explore the informal rites of passage
and rituals of young people set within the natural world.
studied Studio Art at the College of Fine Arts
before completing her BA in Design at the University
of Western Sydney, and is currently
engaged in her MFA at the National Art
School. Her solo shows include
Ritualism, Divine Rites, This too Shall
Pass and Only
has received numerous awards including the Olive Cotton Award
and Sydney Life: Art & About.
works have been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally.
Her work has featured in the Fotofever Brussels Art Fair, 2012
and Pingyao Photography
Festival, China, 2012 as
well as at leading Australian galleries including Inheritance
2009 and Hijacked 2 – New Australian & German Photography
2010, both at the Australian Centre for Photography; Sydney Now –
New Australian Photojournalism, Museum of Sydney 2007; Terra
Australis Incognita at Monash Gallery of Art.
has been awarded artist residencies with ArtOmi, New York State
(2013), and previously Taronga Zoo, Montsalvat and repeatedly in the
remote gold-mining town of Hill End, NSW.
a decade Dean was a member of Oculi photographic collective and is a
photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald.
work is held in a number of public and private collections including
Artbank and is represented by Olsen Irwin Gallery Sydney.
Select Solo Exhibitions
- Tamara Dean – New works
- Tamara Dean – Only Human
Tim Olsen Gallery