One to Watch: Dean West


Dean West  is a highly successful, award-winning Australian photographer who now lives in New York. He received a BA in photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2007. Dean’s style of photography is highly conceptual and thought-provoking. He has been described as “one of the world’s best emerging photographers,” and has been featured in top photography magazines and galleries.

Dean has won many prestigious awards; in 2008 he was included in Saatchi & Saatchi’s collection of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers, and later that year won the Advertising Photographer of the Year at the International Aperture Award. In 2009 he was the winner of the IV International Arte Laguna Prize, Venice, Italy. His work can be found in the collection of Sir Elton John, who has one of the most significant photograph collections in the world.


Dean behind the camera. 

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
I generally refer to myself as an image maker–an artist who carefully choreographs my scenes beyond the realm of reality. This world is influenced by my advertising work, and it takes on a cinematic style production. I’m interested in capturing intimate moments of observation that show something meaningful. I’m also interested in showcasing the constructed nature of the medium itself, and undermining its traditional attachment to a specific moment in time.


Artwork on exhibition.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Start with WHY.


Close-up of work on exhibition. 

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Mostly with music.


“Queen of Thebes” on display. 

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Andreas Gursky’s ‘Rhein II,” which is the most expensive photograph that ever sold ($4.3 million in 2011).


Another photograph on display. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Jean Paul-Satre, Dave Eggers, Susan Sontag, and Paul Krugman.

Check out Dean West’s works for sale on Saatchi Art:












  1. West’s beach scenes are reminiscent of Italian photographer Massimo Vitali, one of my personal favorites. “Bus” and “Tree” are also my favorites in this portfolio. Beautiful photography.

  2. Wow, such amazing photography. West is definitely one to watch..

  3. croc says:

    cam across this; nice view West.

  4. Rusudan Khizanishvili says:

    I like the high quality of paintings, it’s very important thing ! Go ahead:)

  5. Chuck Elsewhere says:

    Massimo Vitali, Gregory Crewdson….but maybe why should they have the monopoly?

  6. Irena says:

    Love your work!

  7. absolutely WOW and now …. funnily reminds me, atmosphere wise, of the works of David Hockney. Another artist i’d love Dean West to connect with is Brigitte Pruchnow…i think they could co-inspire each other! LOVIT seriously gorgeous photography, DEAN WEST!

  8. linda weir says:

    all your choices are derivative and without feeling, it makes me wonder what educational standard these ‘arts advisers’ are at. more like pr salesmenand women. very sickly stuff on the whole.

  9. Very inspiring art, Dean. And great interview too. I like the connection between painting and photography in your work, and especially the very special (in a positive way) use of colours.

  10. image says:

    i am sure it was the tie making a tiny little difference.

    all best.

  11. George Appletree says:

    It’s a white collar work.
    It could reassemble Eggleston or Vitali.
    Lacking any emotion though.
    Nice camera


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