Rory Dean


Little Weirdo, oil on canvas, 2011, 16 x 20 in.

Singers Must Sing!, oil on canvas, 2009, 16 x 20 in.

The Saddest Man In The World, oil on panel, 2008, 8 x 10 in.

Little Lambs, oil on canvas, 2010, 16 x 20 in.

Bugboy, oil on panel, 2009, 10 x 10 in.

R.I.P., oil on canvas, 2011, 22 x 28 in.

Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Racist Great, great, great, great, great Granddaughter, 2009

Omnipotent Creatures, oil on canvas, 2010, 24 x 36 in.

About The Artist

Rory Dean is an artist born in 1981 and currently lives in Montreal, Canada. 

Artist Profile: Interview With Rory Dean

The inspiration for making paintings comes from anywhere and everywhere. I work from pre-existing images. Whether an image comes from the internet or the newspaper, if I find it compelling in some way I will appropriate it and attempt to make a painting with found imagery as the visual foundation. Admittedly, perhaps my artistic philosophy is somewhat akin to a pregnant teenager on Maury Povich announcing: “You don’t know me. I do what I want!” Although that is not entirely reflective of my artistic goals, it is a point of view that informs my everyday practice in regard to making paintings. I make what I want and worry about what it means when it’s finished.

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