Routes & Culture exhibition by Tyrone Deans

Routes and Culture

Tyrone Deans

Exhibition at D Contemporary


In certain ways, multiculturalism is similar to a painter’s work – a mixture of textures, experiences, techniques, colours, and materials. In other words, a blend of fascinating elements coming together as one.

This July, D Contemporary introduces London-born artist Tyrone Deans with a vibrant exhibition entitled Routes and Culture.

Having grown up in a Jamaican family in London, Tyrone has always been fascinated with different cultures. That, along with his curiosity about relationships between people, could very well explain his style as a form of “urban abstract expressionism”.

Tonight’s exhibition is a story told not only through Tyrone’s technique of blending textured paints, charcoal, chalk, sand, oils and butters, but through his life experiences: “for me, it is like embedding my anecdotes into the paint”.

I myself am from a multicultural background, and have always felt it is a gift in the sense that it opens your mind to things that just aren’t accessible to others. I thought it would be interesting to get Tyrone’s vision of this:

I see it as a real blessing. As a young boy, I would visit Jamaica each summer, spending time with family in Portland. These early experiences with my Jamaican relatives has significantly helped me to understand and place myself within a British society. 

My educational and continued professional experience in architecture has also shaped my attitudes towards things, and has begun to inform my work as an artist.

[…] The perspective which my heritage and upbringing has afforded me has informed a resilience and a strong passion for ‘self sustainability’ and the idea of ‘creating your own professional networks’.”

From carnival scenes in Notting Hill to his more abstract Tide series in which the artist explores the idea of time and life’s cycles, Tyrone’s blend of colour is nothing short of breathtaking.

A particular favourite of mine was a piece entitled Free Dog, not just for the colours, but for the story that goes with it: the artist’s dog Scar, and an open discussion about dog owners, discipline and trust.

Each piece relates to an experience, a memory, a belief… What better way could there be to share your art than to have it speak directly to its observers?

Routes and Culture isn’t just an exhibition; it is a stroll through life.

All roads lead to somewhere… and somewhere along the way we meet…

25% of the sale of the painting Remember Grenfell will be donated to The Harrow Club which opened its doors to accept donations, organising relief efforts and providing residents with a place to sleep after the Grenfell fire.

Open at D Contemporary until 29th July!

article by: Dominique Marchi