This portrait of Tamara Dean emerged over several visits to her studio and home on the south coast of New South Wales. Tamara is seated with the warm light streaming through the rear window. She looks directly at the viewer with an intense expression and watchful gaze characteristic of a photographic artist. There is also a slight melancholy, implying the isolation felt by an artist working alone in their studio.
I have long been a fan of Tamara’s work. During the process of painting her portrait, we discussed her art practice and the challenges of forging a career as an artist. I admire her determination and resilience in the pursuit of her artistic vision.
About the Subject
Tamara Dean is a critically acclaimed artist working in photography, installation and moving image. Dean’s practice explores the relationship between humans and the environment.
In 2018, Dean exhibited in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Goulburn Art Award (2020), Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (2019), Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Prize (2018) and Meroogal Women’s Art Prize (2018). Her work is held in notable collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide and Artbank.
Sean Hutton’s interest in art began at an early age when he was encouraged to seek private tuition from a well-known portrait artist. He later pursued his love of drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton Art School, where he was awarded the prestigious William Dobell Scholarship.
Hutton’s work is defined by his ability to employ strong draughtsmanship and convey an ethereal quality reflecting the inner world of his subjects. He has featured in numerous exhibitions, completed private portrait commissions and been the recipient of many art awards.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 92 cm x 66 cm