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Artist Dean, Tom
Title Brainspiral (ed. 17/30)
Accession # 000.23.183
Object Type print
Date 1999
Medium serigraph, ink
Support paper
Dimensions H-107 W-75 cm
Description Tom Dean's art plays upon the tensions between the ordinary and mythical with subject matter ranging everyday objects to classical icons. His work alludes to the dream world and matters of the soul, but always resides in the material world of desire and the body. The artist has made paintings, videos and multiples, but is best known for his sculpture. This particular print features a brain surrounded by a swarm of hearts with a tongue on the bottom.

Biographical Information:

Dean was born in Markdale, Ontario (1947) and settled in Montréal in the late 1960s, where he studied visual art at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) and became a well-known figure in the city's alternative scene. He was a founding member of Véhicule Art Inc (and Véhicule Press), a renowned centre of avant-garde activity at the time. In 1999, Tom Dean represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. He has been collected by such major institutions as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée des beaux arts de Montréal.