CHRISTOPHER DEAN
THE PINK ROOM
15 JUNE – 9 JULY 2011

Installation view of Christopher Dean's paintings

CHRISTOPHER DEAN
I arrived in Australia as a tourist in 1974 after meeting an Australian
man in Buenos Aires (Juan Davila) 2011
oil on canvas
55 × 55 cm

CHRISTOPHER DEAN
I have been to 199 HIV AIDS funerals and have given eulogies at
thirty eight of them (John Marsden) 2011
oil on canvas
55 × 55 cm

CHRISTOPHER DEAN
I wish I was born one thousand years in the future but prefer living
in the present rather than fifty years ago (Tim Hilton)
2011
oil on canvas
60 × 60 cm

Installation view of Christophers Dean's paintings

CHRISTOPHER DEAN
I believe in God but not a heterosexual one (unknown Indian Hijra) 2011
oil on canvas
97 × 97 cm

CHRISTOPHER DEAN
I pretended to be straight but knew he knew and I knew he knew and
he knew I knew he knew remember that feeling (Phil Scott) 2011
oil on canvas
60 × 60 cm

CHRISTOPHER DEAN
I think he is in my book famous homosexuals in history it starts with
Alexander the Great and its got all the usual ones (Michael Butler) 2010
oil on canvas
60 × 70 cm


The Pink Room pays homage to the colour pink by bringing together a selection of Christopher Dean’s most recent paintings. Dean started making pink monochromes in 1993 and this new series is a distillation of his formal and poetic experiments.

Art historically pink is the most unlikely colour for an abstract painting, an issue that Dean has embraced. All of the text contained in the paintings uses quotations beginning with the word ‘I’. At a casual glance it might appear that this selection of quotes form part of an artist’s statement but in actuality they have been gleaned from other people. The work pictured, for example takes a quote from the artist Juan Davila:

“I arrived in Australia as a tourist in 1974 after meeting an Australian man in Buenos Aires.”

Dean’s interest in colour theory has been shaped by his commitment to what he calls “the spectrum of the colour pink.” Culturally, pink represents memory, love, sensuality and eroticism, a motif that informs the selection of quotes contained within the paintings. By linking these quotes to a single colour a direct connection is made between the physical form of the paintings and ideas guiding these works.

Christopher Dean is a well known Sydney based artist, who has exhibited widely throughout Sydney as well as in Los Angeles and New York. He is also is writer, curator and lecturer and recently achieved his PhD from CoFA, University of NSW. His works are in the collection of Artbank, Blacktown City Art Collection, Casula Powerhouse, Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest, Macquarie University Art Collection, National Gallery of Australia as well as numerous private collections.