Dean Reynolds is set to open a solo show at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey, from May 2 through June 7, 2015, with a fresh set of paintings and appreciation for his craft. “The one thing I can say was acquired is a sense of perspective about myself and the work I do. This is not the concrete notion of learning this technique or this way of applying paint. Coming back, I valued the way I work more, slowly bringing a painting to life, carefully crafting a window to another world inspired by reflections of inner experience and metaphorical connections.”


Only a handful of cities in the world can claim the cultural core and lure of London, with its support system fueled by overall artistic curiosity that makes residents almost intuitively visit its museums and art galleries. The Griffin Art Prize USA exemplifies London’s special place in the art world. The Griffin Prize it is an annual art submission competition from ColArt Americas with their leading art material brands, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris, that sends a submitting artist to the brand’s London headquarters for a four-week residency and immersion in one of the world’s art capitals.

Launched on June 1, 2014, over 385 contestants entered and were judged by a panel that consisted of Renée Hile, Vice President of Marketing for ColArt Americas, Juxtapoz editor Evan Pricco, fine artist Andrew Schoultz, gallerists Jonathan LeVine and Jacob Lewis, and Jimmy Leslie, resident artist for Winsor & Newton, Liquitex and Conté à Paris Artist Materials. In the end, Dean Reynolds stood out as not only an artist of already-achieved skill, but an artist with potential to expand upon his surreal palette.

“I was finishing my MFA in painting when I applied to the Griffin Prize. When I got the news that I was picked for the prize, damn!” Dean described, “It was like a light was turned on. Or rather, something that comes along to bump you out of a malaise. So I made plans, I would go there… no expectations. Only an opportunity to see a bit of the world, see a major city that is both old and new, and meet people.”

For four weeks, Reynolds embedded himself into London as much as one can in one of the world’s busiest metropolises. “For the daily routine, I would work from early morning until the afternoon, do sketches, oil studies and chip away at the larger paintings. In the afternoon, I would head off to see something, hitting the major museums like the Tate Modern, the National Gallery, or galleries like White Cube and Gagosian. A few times, I needed a day or two where I did nothing, no artwork, no seeing anything, just letting my brain idle, let things settle and be processed. And yes, to hit a pub for some pints.”

Reynolds is set to open a solo show at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, New Jersey, from May 2 through June 7, 2015, with a fresh set of paintings and appreciation for his craft. “The one thing I can say was acquired is a sense of perspective about myself and the work I do. This is not the concrete notion of learning this technique or this way of applying paint. Coming back, I valued the way I work more, slowly bringing a painting to life, carefully crafting a window to another world inspired by reflections of inner experience and metaphorical connections.”

A Way We Go’ showcases works oil colour artist Dean Reynolds created during his four-week residency in the heart of London’s global contemporary art market. Influenced by theatre, film, fantasy, fables, myths, and fairy tales, Reynolds’ work pays homage to Surrealism and entertainment, capturing the viewer into this new world as seen through his eyes.