Black Swan prize-win­ner to hold class

North West Telegraph - - North West Lifestyle - Louise Alling­ham

Artist Iain Dean is com­ing to Hed­land next month to fa­cil­i­tate a two-day post-con­cep­tual paint­ing class at the Hed­land Arts Coun­cil.

The class is suited to peo­ple of all artis­tic abil­i­ties who want to learn more about con­tem­po­rary art, need in­spi­ra­tion for the Hed­land Art Awards or who have ever wan­dered around a mod­ern art gallery and thought “I don’t un­der­stand”.

Dean will teach par­tic­i­pants to think about art dif­fer­ently and the idea of paint­ing as an ob­ject rather than paint­ing a sub­ject.

“It’s a post-con­cep­tual way of think­ing about paint­ing where it’s not about the end re­sult as much as it is about the process it­self,” Dean said of the week­end class.

“The goal is not about the end re­sult, it’s more about a light bulb go­ing off in some­one’s head.”

HARTZ chair­woman San­gita Daniel said she learned about Dean from artist and Pil­bara reg­u­lar Andy Quilty.

“The HARTZ com­mit­tee felt that we have held sev­eral work­shops on how to paint and draw bet­ter and our group is re­ally turn­ing out some beau­ti­ful work but we have not re­ally done any con­cep­tual art work­shops,” she said.

“One (HARTZ) mem­ber re­cently said ‘I want to do some­thing for Hed­land Art Awards but I just don’t un­der­stand what to do, I need in­spi­ra­tion’. We are hop­ing that Iain will pro­vide in­spi­ra­tion.”

Dean is a renowned Perth-based artist who has had his work dis­played in solo and group ex­hi­bi­tions all over the coun­try, and in 2014 won the Black Swan Na­tional Por­trait Prize.

His re­cent work is notable for its ab­stract, con­cep­tual, some­times hu­mor­ous style.

The work­shop is on Satur­day, Septem­ber 9 from 9.30am-3.30pm and Sun­day, Septem­ber 10 from 9.30am-3pm at the HARTZ stu­dio and costs $200-$220 a per­son.

HARTZ is also look­ing for par­tic­i­pants to con­trib­ute to its ro­tat­ing art wall at the Town of Port Hed­land of­fices.

HARTZ mem­bers can sub­mit their 2-D art­works to be dis­played on the wall for about six weeks.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Small One by Iain Dean.

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