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Lewis Deeney

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Degree: BA Fine Art (1st class honours)
University: Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2020

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In the studio with Lewis Deeney

bringing to mind the harmony of mandala's and sacred geometry Scottish born Deeney graduated from Dundee with first-class honours in 2020. He won both the James Guthrie Orchar Memorial Prize and the Farquar Reid Trust Prize during the degree show, as well as being shortlisted for the Freelands Painting Prize.

A student of Yoga and meditation, practices which greatly inform Lewis work, with the philosophy of balance underpinning his work. Deeney juxtaposes expressive abstract painting and hard-edged geometric compositions to confront the opposites within each other - creating a conflicting yet unifying overall work. The universality of abstraction and geometry allows the work to transcend cultural associations: creating an open space for free association and contemplation. Deeney invites you to project your own narrative upon the work.

Artist Statement

A meditation in creation and observation: my work is centred around philosophical and psychological concepts, recontextualised and communicated through the universal language of geometry. Reflecting on humanities instinctive relationship with mark-making, I seek to cultivate mindful awareness during the painting process, acknowledging the 21st-century global mindset - or screen- with which we now experience the world. As a response to our increasingly digital society, I paint very expressively and intuitively: emphasising the human touch and imperfections, which are now often lost during the act of making. My work is composed of, and at times cut into, novel geometric compositions, forming elements of selective symmetry in the overall asymmetric work. The expressive application of paint is brought to an inner harmony through the works underlying geometric structure: which serves as a map of exploration into the realm of the abstract. Archetypal motifs, imagery and phrases- that I uncovered during the creative process- are gesturally scratched and scraped into the surface of the work. Introspection is being replaced by distraction within contemporary society, I challenge this through my art, by creating space for internal contemplation: inviting you to project your own narrative upon the work, as your mind ponders over the abstract geometry.

Group Exhibitions

2020, Freelands Painting Prize, Freelands Gallery, London, UK (Forthcoming)
2020, DJCAD Online Graduate Showcase, University Of Dundee, Dundee, UK
2020, Then & Now, Matthew Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee, UK
2020, Thats A Wrap... Almost, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK
2020, River Deep Mountain High, Lamb Gallery, Dundee, UK
2020, Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK
2020, Controlled Entropy, Matthew Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee, UK
2019, Two Ways To Pet A Cat, Church,, Dundee, UK
2019, Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK
2018, Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2020, James Guthrie Orchar Memorial Award: Winner
2020, Freelands Painting Prize: Shortlist
2020, Farquhar Reid Trust Prize: Winner
2020, Roys Art Fair Degree Show Competition: Shortlist

Original works:

Our World in Bloom

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£195

Bedrock

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£420

Receede

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£195

Essence

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£395

Our Motif, Our Belief

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£395

Flower of Chance

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£500

Our Pattern, Your Interpretati...

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£850

Catalyst

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

£795

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Wabi-Sabi

By Lewis Deeney

2020 Graduate

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