Jason Deans is a Dublin based visual artist whose work emerged during the Irish economic recession. His practice is reactive to issues of political and financial instability in Ireland, Europe and the world at large and the ensuing social difficulties it creates. His recent work has engaged with the topic of Brexit, its causes, history and fallout, particularly in relation to the border dividing the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
He has an MFA from University of Ulster 2009 and his BA in Fine Art from the Dublin School of Creative Arts 2007. He employs ephemeral materials such as sand, earth and elder in his practice along with pencil, paint and paper. He was resident artist with Draiocht and DIT, 2016. He has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland with organisations such as Draiocht, Platform, Linenhalls and as part of Tulca ‘Seachange’. He is in the Imago Mundi – Contemporary Artists from Ireland 2016 collection and received the Fingal Arts bursary in 2016, 2018 & 2019 along with being a member of Fingal County Council’s ‘Buildings and Public Places’ Artists Panel. He was shortlisted for the Fingal County Council & Erigo Ltd ‘Infrastructure public art commission, 2019′.
2007-2009 Masters of Art in Fine Art, University of Ulster, Belfast, UK.
2003-2007 BA Fine Art, Dublin School of Creative Art, DIT, Dublin, Ireland.
2019 ‘AS IF NOTHING EVER CHANGES’ Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Cork.
2017 ‘NEVERTHELESS’ Linenhalls Art Centre, Castlebar, Mayo.
2016 ‘ETERNAL SAMENESS’ Platform Arts, Belfast, N. Ireland.
2016 ‘ANY OBSERVER’ Draiocht Arts Centre, Ground Floor Gallery.
2008 ‘TO UNDERSTAND IS TO INTERPRET’ BookCube Gallery, Dublin.
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2020-21 ‘HINDSIGHT IS 2020’ Rua Red Arts Centre, Dublin.
2019 ‘WINTER OPEN’ Rua Red Arts Centre, Dublin.
2017 ‘ARTWAVES’ Skerries arts Festival, Dublin.
2016 ‘ARTWAVES’ Skerries arts Festival, Dublin.
2015 ‘SEACHANGE’ Tulca Arts Festival, Galway.
2015 ‘SCULPTURE IN CONTEXT’ National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
2015 ‘APPROACHING THE LANDSCAPE’ Rua Red, Tallaght.
2014 ‘DISSEMINATION’ Hive Emerging, Waterford.
2014 ‘FOUNDATION 14’ Tullamore Arts Centre
2013 ‘ARTSQUAD THE SHOW’ The Complex, Dublin.
2013 ‘PRINTSHOW’ Limerick Printmakers.
2012 ‘IMPRESSIONS’ Galway Arts Centre.
2012 ‘PRINTSHOW’ Limerick Printmaker.
2010 ‘THE POINTLESS PURSUIT OF SHADOWS’ Signal Arts Centre.
2009 ‘PLATFORM FUTURES’ Platform, Belfast.
2009 ‘MFA GRAD SHOW’ University of Ulster, Belfast.
2009 ‘MFA INTERIUM SHOW’ University of Ulster, Belfast.
2008 ‘THE BARGE EXHIBITION’ Waterfront Hall Barge, Belfast.
2008 ‘CAMBRIC FISHER’ Rogues Gallery, Belfast.
2007 ‘STICK A FORK IN ME I’M DONE’ DIT Portland Row, Dame Street Gallery.
Curatorial & Installation
2018 Design & Installation team, Postcard Garden, Pace, Bloom Festival, Dublin.
2015 Installation team, The Origins and Uses of Round Towers. Gareth Kennedy and Fingal Arts Office, Portrane Co. Dublin.
2013 Installation team for ‘Art Squad The Show’ The Complex, Benburb St. Dublin 7.
2010 Installation team for ‘Echantillons: A selection of French contemporary art’ IMOCA, Lad Lane, Dublin 2.
2007 Co-Curator ‘Stick A Fork In Me I’m Done’ Dame Street Gallery, Dame St., Dublin 2.
Residencies, Commissions & Awards
2020-21 Arts Council Visual Artists Bursary Award Recipiant
2019 Fingal County Council & Erigo Ltd ‘Infrastructure public art commission’ (Shortlist)
2019 Fingal Artist Bursary.
2018 Fingal Artists Bursary.
2016 ‘An Image of Ireland, Contemporary Artists from Ireland’, Luciano Benetton Collection.
2016 Fingal Artists Bursary.
2016 Summer School Artist In Residency Dublin Institute of Technology.
2016 Draiocht Arts Centre, Artist In Residency.
Lectures, Talks & Teaching
2018 Teacher, QQI Art, PACE, CDETB, Ireland.
2017 Teacher, QQI Art, Youthreach, Ireland.
2016 Dublin School of Creative Art (Talk), DIT Grangegorman, Ireland.
2016 Visiting Lecturer, Fine Art Department, DIT Grangegorman, Ireland.
2016 Kenny, Des, Draiocht Review, Draiocht Online, July.
2016 D15 Today, Interview with Artist Jason Deans, Pheonix FM, 9 June.
2016 Going out, Culture Magazine, The Irish Times, 5 June.
2016 Gibbons, Ciara (Eds.), 2016 an Image of Ireland, Contemporary Artists from Ireland, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fabrica, pp.74-75.
2016 Ask A Broadsheet Reader, Can He See Your Boarding Pass, Broadsheet, 2 March.
2016 Kenny, Des, In Conversation with Artist Jason Deans, Draiocht Online, January .
2015 Dunne, Aidan, Five artists push Tallaght’s boundaries, The Irish Times, 18 August.
2015 Rocks, Sean, Arena, RTE Radio 1, 4 August.
2009 Catalogue, MFA, University of Ulster.
2007 Dunne, Aidan, A new Wave of Irish Art, The Irish Times, 27 June.
2007 Catalogue, Stick a Fork In me I’m Done, DIT.