From his studio at the bottom of the garden, Dean sculpts insects, birds and mammals from found materials.
As a child, he was fascinated by natural history and would spend his time finding, identifying and categorising the creatures of Kent. His passion for the natural world was equalled by his love of art so it was a natural progression for him to study scientific illustration.
Feeling the need for a more creatively challenging course, Dean moved to Central St Martin’s. It was during his time there that he started working with found materials forming the sculptural method that characterises his work today. In found items he sees the forms of the natural world; silverware, shoe-trees, teapots and many other objects are married together to describe an animal’s appearance and character, making creatures both life-like and humorous.