Painting in a photorealistic manner, Joshua Dean chooses imagery from social media and the culture after the information age. His work investigates how photography, or the jpegs we all have, substitutes for cultural memory. Highlighting media driven advertisements, home movies and the history of photography, he hopes to expand on a sense of technical awareness.
Hailing from a small, Midwestern town, he learned the skill of escapism early. The pursuit led to a world within comic books. From this he developed interests in the figure and its place in the history of painting. He obtained an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
Drawing from Pop Art influences, the young painter developed an appreciation for social commentary. Seeing the significance of both traditional and postmodern painting, he devised a plan to join the two by taking the techniques of Master painters and reinterpret them in the manner of a desktop printer.