(Born Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Kristofir Dean is a painter based in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and has shown his work internationally. He is currently represented by Ian Tan Gallery in Vancouver and St. Germain Gallery in Toronto. His latest body of work was created over a year and a half while residing in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
I am always excited when the sun peaks out from behind a cloud after a storm. The greyness is interrupted by a soft, warm glow that occasionally reveals one of nature’s most incredible phenomena: a rainbow. Growing up on the Niagara Escarpment made it easy to find these colourful treasures by simply visiting one of the thousands of nearby waterfalls where I could see this ribbon of joy in the mist of the cascade. Rainbows enlivened the limited hues of green, brown and grey in suburbia. Frustrated by monochromia, I focus my artistic energy on exploring the affective radiance of colour by making spirited hard-edge paintings.
I have been on a worldwide quest to bathe myself in colour. From spending a summer in a small fishing village in Sweden as a teenager where each house was painted a lively red, green or blue so that fishermen could identify their homes from the sea, to two amazing years in Bali, where delicate petals of every colour are offered to gods and spirits. I take these colours as inspirations in my painting, harvesting their hues and translating them into a composition of light and joy in an effort to create that sense of wonderment upon viewing the rainbow after the storm.