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Artist Dean, Tom
Title Swan (ed. 17/30)
Accession # 000.31.191
Object Type print
Date 1999
Medium serigraph, ink
Support paper
Dimensions H-107 W-75 cm
Description Dean's art plays upon the tensions between ordinary and mythical, with works varying in scale from miniature to monumental, their subject matter ranging from familiar, everyday objects to classical icons. His epic subjects allude to the dream world of the psyche and matters of the soul, but always reside in the intensely material world of desire and the body. The artist's work eludes categories. He has made paintings, videos and multiples, but is best known for his sculpture.

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.

This particular piece contains a swan composed of a scribble, pattern of semi circle with red drip, various patterns and shape