“What I really look for in my work is how the use of raw, natural materials can resonate, respond and retort to human interactions on the contemporary world” Jason Deans
Jason’s work stands testament to contemporary post-truth rhetoric through structures of empire, austerity, and disenfranchisement. The use of natural, fragile and traditional building materials is paramount to generate discourse between globalisation versus identity and empire versus nation state self reliance nostalgia. Landscape is a pivotal theme and explored through differentiation of essentially marks on paper. An aesthetic reminder of the transference of geographical, economic and political dominance to leftover wistfulness of place and purpose.
Jason is a Dublin based artist who graduated from the University of Ulster in 2009 and achieved his BA in Fine Art from DIT in 2007. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland, including Draiocht Arts Centre, Platform Arts and Linenhalls Mayo. Jason has been resident artist with Draiocht Arts Centre and the Dublin School of Creative Arts. His art features in the Irish edition of the Imago Mundi collection.
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.
2018 ‘NEVERTHELESS’ Linenhalls Art Centre, Castlebar, Mayo.
2017 ‘ETERNAL SAMENESS’ Platform Arts, Belfast, N. Ireland.
2017 ‘ANY OBSERVER’ Draiocht Arts Centre, Ground Floor Gallery.
2008 ‘TO UNDERSTAND IS TO INTERPRET’ BookCube Gallery, Dublin.
Group Exhibitions (Selected)
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 ‘PRINT SHOW 2013’ 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
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 & Awards
2016 Fingal Artists Bursary.
2016 Summer School Artist In Residency Dublin Institute of Technology.
2016 Draiocht Arts Centre.
Lectures, Talks & Teaching
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.