Dean Proudfoot

My work has always been varied but whatever the imagery the paintings always come from a place of fun and accessibility.

My approach to art is firmly from the Lowbrow camp, I believe art doesn’t have to be obscure or elitist but should challenge and evoke a response and what’s more positive than a smile.

I enjoy referencing our cultural past and my most recent work references the imagery of yester year, the era of the 1950's and 60's - a perceived  "Golden Era" in our history. That feelling of nostalga is a powerful emotion as memory is of making past expriences better and more amplified than they really ever were.  I also enjoy the innocence of this time... cowboys were cool! And children enjoyed a freedom to roam and play that these days are far removed from reality.

An award winning commercial illustrator for the past 18 years, I have enjoyed working with a diverse range of clients both in New Zealand and internationally.

I have always worked on personal projects and in recent years I have been investing a great deal of time in developing a career as a painter to much success. My work already appears in a number of prestigious private and corporate collections.

I exhibit annually with artists Lynne Sandri, Michelle Bryant, Jason Hicks and Sally Burton at 5@The Portrait Gallery in Wellington and I'm also represented by Symth Galleries in Auckland where more of my works can be viewed.

Commissions are always welcomed and because of my extensive experience working with commerical clients I can make the process stress free and insure you avoid any nasty surprises at the end of the project. Please contact me to talk through any possible commission ideas you may have.