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Dean Bowen’s works are characterised by vibrant colour, environmental symbolism and dynamic composition. His depictions of objects, people, insects and animals reflect the artist’s quirky and infectious sense of humour whilst also reminding us of our common struggles and triumphs. Dean also plays with aspects of scale reflecting on both the monumental as well as the miniature, often merging and juxtaposing the two. Urban and rural scenes are brought to life with comical protagonists who possess complex personalities and emotions despite their simplified rendition. The contrast between the seemingly calm, natural environment of birds and animals and the frantic, congested urban landscapes of mankind carries a message calling for a greater appreciation of the beauty and simplicity of natural life. As a painter, printmaker and sculptor, Dean creates relationships between these mediums with, for example, his sculpture often an extension of his paintings and prints. A concern for happiness is evident in Dean’s work, his wit and naive style the hallmarks of an artist engaging with a wide audience whilst retaining sophisticated dialogues.

Dean Bowen has exhibited with much acclaim in Australia and overseas. He has also worked on a number of commissions, including a major tapestry for the City of Melbourne’s Town Hall and recent sculpture for the Canterbury and Shepparton regions of Victoria. In 2008, the ACT Government purchased a major sculpture of Dean’s, “The big little man”, which is permanently installed in Petrie Plaza, Canberra city and more recently commissioned a second bronze “Lady with flowers” which is situated in Gungahlin. Dean is a regular participant in national and international awards, winning the sponsor’s prize in the 4th Sapporo International Print Biennale in Japan in 1998, and, in 2003, the people’s choice award at the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and the Tai-he masterpiece award at the 1st International Print Biennial of Beijing. He was selected as a finalist in the 2009 Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Dean’s works are in many significant collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial, Parliament House, Canberra, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bibliotheque Nationale (Paris, France) and the Contemporary Art and Culture Centre (Osaka, Japan).

 

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      $8800 Girl with birds - bronze, 2/9, 22 x 49 x 7cm

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      $7700 Driving farmer - bronze, 1/9, 17 x 41 x 13cm

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      $7700 Man waving - bronze, AP, 28 x 35 x 9cm

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      $6600 Giant magpie on skyscraper - oil on board, 54 x 65cm, framed

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      $6600 Morning comet - oil on board, 30 x 122cm, framed

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      $6600 Echidna with elongated nose - bronze, 1/9, 12 x 43 x 8cm

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      $4400 Cactus with climbing ladybirds - oil on linen, 45 x 53cm, framed

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      $4400 Swarm - oil on linen, 45 x 53cm, framed

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      $4400 Beetle returning home - oil on linen, 53 x 45cm, framed

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      $4400 Parrot hawk with ladybirds - oil on linen, 53 x 45cm, framed

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      $4400 Standing owl - bronze on red gum base, 2/9, 21 x 8 x 4cm

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      $2500 Owl - bronze on jarrah base, 1/9, 17 x 6.5 x 4cm

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      $1800 Little Agro - oil on board, 15 x 20cm, framed

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      $1650 Green budgie - oil on board, 11 x 23cm, framed

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      $1650 The spotted pony - oil on board, 11 x 23cm, framed

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      $1200 Flightless bird - lithograph, 10/25, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 Perfume - lithograph, 12/25, 49 x 70cm

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      $1200 Returning comet - lithograph, AP III/V, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 Wild ride - lithograph, AP IV/V, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 Hospital ship - lithograph, 6/35, 47 x 68cm

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      $1200 Ark - lithograph, 9/25, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 The house of love (1st state morning) - lithograph, 25/25, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 Bird watching large beetle - lithograph, 14/25, 68 x 48cm

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      $1200 Smiling parrot - lithograph, 13/25, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 Parrot with ladybird family - lithograph, 13/25, 68 x 48cm

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      $1200 Black canary - lithograph, 21/25, 48 x 68cm

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      $1200 Magpie on TV antenna - lithograph, edition 3 of 25, 48 x 68cm, unframed

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      $990 Small owl - bronze, 5/9, 8 x 6 x 4cm

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      $990 Small owl - bronze, 5/9, 10 x 5 x 4cm

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      $520 Jar of stars - etching, 5/35, 15 x 20cm, framed

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      $500 The house of love - lithograph, T/P, 17 x 25cm

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      $385 Penguin - etching, 6/35, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Red spotted parrot - etching, AP, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Cairo cat - etching, 16/35, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Rain - etching, 10/35, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Red bear - etching, 11/35, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Bear cat - etching, 12/35, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Owlet - etching, 12/25, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Honey bee - etching, 30/35, 15 x 20cm

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      $385 Brick dog (mustard version) - etching, 19/35, 15 x 20cm

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