Dean Cross’ (b. 1986, Australia) critical practice revisits and challenges colonial narratives of Australia and the Pacific through the lens of national, archival and personal histories. He has a particular interest in the object history of raw materials and the plasticity of ideas.
Cross, born in 1986, was raised on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country and is of Worimi descent. He is a multi-disciplinary artist primarily working across painting, sculpture, video and photography. His artistic career began in contemporary dance, performing and choreographing nationally and internationally for over a decade with Australia’s leading dance companies. Following that, Cross re-trained as a visual artist, graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, and First Class Honours from the Australian National University, School of Art and Design.
He has shown his work extensively across Australia at galleries and museums including Art Gallery of South Australia, UNSW Galleries, Australian Centre of Photography, Artspace Sydney, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, and Alaska Projects. His work is collected by both public and private collections including: Art Gallery of South Australia; National Gallery of Victoria (Australia); and The Queensland University of Technology Art Museum (Australia).
Cross is the inaugural recipient of the Good Initiative Award, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (2020), resulting in a two-part institutional solo exhibition at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Carriageworks. Titled Icarus, My Son, the first iteration was on view at the former location from 17 July to 28 August 2021, and the second at the latter from 17 November 2021 to 30 Jan 2022.
He was also awarded the School of Art and Design Drawing Prize, Australian National University (2017); the M16 Artspace Drawing Prize (2016); and Highly Commended,Macquarie Emerging Arts Prize (2015). Cross is a current resident of The Clothing Store Artist Studios, Carriageworks (Australia). He has completed residencies with the 4A Beijing Studio Program, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Australia); and Canberra Contemporary Art Space (Australia).