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Artist CV

Documentary Photography. Photo Diarist.

No one photographs children like Dean Dampney. Unsentimental, agile images allow us to enter a world of childhood we thought was long forgotten. Dampney portrays, and emphasises  the importance of free play for children – activities so seemingly careless, they are generally prohibited by over-protective parents. These activities are found and photographed by Dampney in the seashore, nature or simply around the home. In preparing a book and exhibition of “From Innocence and Back”, this photographer deserves every support. Such images are priceless, both for their archival value – and the deeply accurate insight into the ephemeral world of children they reveal. That this world is being eroded by forces both environmental and political makes his project all the more timely.

– Robert McFarlane, Photographer and Writer. 2012.

 

Artist Bio Sketch

Dean Dampney has spent a significant portion of his life pursuing the art and joy of surfing. From Sydney, but having lived on the South Coast of New South Wales with his wife and kids for the past 10 years, Dampney attributes his love of surfing, nature and the ocean, to a healthy and happy, simple lifestyle.

Photographically Dampney intends on continuing to document the world he’s immersed in. He’s become renowned for his documentary photographic work on the upside of being a kid living in the coastal regions of Australia. Dampney’s friends and family give us a deeply personal and sensitive insight into his world beyond the urban sprawl. Iconic images of the surfers he shares these quiet stretches of coast have also come to prominence in Dampney’s work.

In 2011 Dampney was highly commended for his selected entry in Australia’s richest Photographic Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Dampney has been twice selected for the Moran Photographic Prize, the first time in it’s innaugural year 2007, and has been short listed, if not a selected finalist, every year since. In 2010 Dampney was a selected finalist for Reportage, Australia’s leading showcase of international documentary photography. Dampney was a shortlisted finalist for The Head On Photographic Portrait Prize in 2009. In 2003 Dampney’s work was highly commended for the Commonwealth Photographic Awards.

Since 2003 Dampney has exhibited widely throughout Australia in highly acclaimed solo shows.

 

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2012. ‘Surfer’. Head On Photo Festival Sel et Poivre, Darlinghurst.
  • 2011. ‘Surfer’. Pilgrims Wholefood Cafe, Milton.
  • 2011.From Innocence and Back’. Alley Gallery, Ulladulla.
  • 2010. From Innocence and Back’. Foto Freo. Early Work Gallery, Fremantle.
  • 2009. ‘Dean Dampney 2000-2009′. Coast Gallery, Milton.
  • 2006.‘Basking in Surrender’. December. Clifton School of Art.
  • 2004. ‘Days Down Here’. Blender Gallery (Sydney).
  • 2003. ‘InGoesWaterBoy’. Blender Gallery (Sydney).
  • 2002. ‘Picture Paintings’. Love Gallery (Sydney).
  • 2001. ‘25000km35mm’. Wadi Gallery (Sydney).

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2011. Centenary of Australian Surfing Photography Exhibition. Yamba NSW.
  • 2008 April.. Art 4 Aid, Ringwood, East Victoria.
  • 2008 April..Kodak Salon, Contemporary Centre for Photography, Melbourne Victoria.
  • 2007 February. Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. State Library NSW.
  • 2007August. Wollongong City Gallery Portraiture Prize. Wollongong NSW.
  • 2006 May. ‘Projections’. ACMP Trampoline’s 3rd Annual Photographic Screening. Selected Artists. Tom Mann Theatre Surry Hills.
  • 2005 December. ‘Of This Place’. Group Exhibition. Precinct Galleries, Berry, NSW.
  • ‘Five Vignettes’. Group Show. July 2005. Blender Gallery, Paddington, Sydney Australia. Photographers include: Marko Bok, Tamara Dean, Dean Sewell, and Lisa Wiltze.
  • 2005 February. ‘When The World Said No To War’. Selected Artists. Works selected by Sandy Edwards (Stills Gallery) and Stephen Dupont (international photojournalist). Pine Street Gallery, Chippendale, NSW.
  • 2004 October. ‘Site Sea’. Selected Artists. Tamarama Surf Club, Sydney Australia.
  • 2004 September. The 2004 BHP Waltzing Matilda Photographic Competition and Exhibition. Selected Artists. Outback Regional Gallery, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, Queensland.
  • 2004 January. ‘Organic’. Group Exhibition. Blender Gallery, Paddington, Sydney Australia.
  • 2003 November. Mac Cosmetics AIDS Charity Exhibition. Selected Artists. Sydney Australia.
  • 2003 October. ‘Site Sea’. Selected Artists Group Exhibition. Tamarama Surf Club, Sydney Australia.
  • 2003 October. ‘Lomo Beyond What You See’. Selected Artists. Photo Technica, Sydney Australia.
  • 2003 September. ‘Botanica’. Selected Artists. Flying Pig Precinct Gallery, Berry, Australia.
  • 2003 April.‘Victoria’s Flowers’. Group Exhibition, Blender Gallery, Paddington.
  • 2001 February. 3rd Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Photographic Awards international touring exhibition.
  • 2001 August. Nikon Student of the Year Finalist Exhibition. Australian Centre of Photography.

 

Awards

  • 2014. National Photographic Portrait Prize. Selected Finalist.
  • 2013. Moran Photographic Portraiture Prize. Selected Semi Finalist.
  • 2013. Olive Cotton Photographic Portraiture Prize. Selected Finalist.
  • 2013. Fremantle Portraiture Prize. Shortlisted Finalist.
  • 2012. Fremantle Portraiture Prize. Selected Finalist.
  • 2011. Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Highly Commended Selected Finalist.
  • 2010. Reportage, Australias most presitigous showcase of documentary photography and photojournalism. Selected Finalsit.
  • 2010. Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize. Selected semi-finalist.
  • 2010. Finalist Australia’s Top Photographers. Weddings.
  • 2010. Finalist Living Australian Online Photography Competition.
  • 2009. 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup. Nominee People Category.
  • 2009. 3XSilver Awards. Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards.
  • 2009. Black & White Spider Awards. Nominee.
  • 2009. International Aperture Awards. Bronze Award.
  • 2009. Head On Photographic Portraiture Prize. Shortlisted Finalist.
  • 2008. International Aperture Awards. Bronze Award.
  • 2008. Roving Eye Expose Your World Competition. Selected Finalist.
  • 2XSilver Awards. Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards.
  • 2008. AIPP ACT Commercial Photographer of the Year Runner Up.
  • 2008. AIPP ACT Wedding Photographer of the Year.
  • 2008. AIPP ACT Highest Scoring Print Runner Up.
  • 2008. Black & White Spider Awards. Nominee.
  • 2008. Semi Finalist Moran Contemporary Photography Prize.
  • 2008. Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize. Stanthorpe Gallery, Queensland.
  • 2007. Finalist Moran Contemporary Photography Prize.
  • 2007. Finalist Roving Eye Expose Your World Competition.
  • 2006. ACMP (Australian Commercial Magazine Photographers) Trampoline Finalist. Recognition for outstanding emerging commercial photographers and photo-artists.
  • 2002. 3rd Commonwealth Photographic Awards. Highly Commended. Judged by Ray Lowe, President of British Institute of Professional Photography, Tim page, veteran war photographer, and Fernando Calvacanti, photographer with The Sunday Times, London.
  • 2001. Finalist Nikon ACP Student of the year award. 

Artist Grants

  • 2006. Shoalhaven Council.
  • 2006. Wollongong City Council.

Artist Book

  • Basking in Surrender. Edition of 100

Reviews and Press Coverage

  • 2012 Robert McFarlane Review. No one photographs children like Dean Dampney. Unsentimental, agile images allow us to enter a world of childhood we thought was long forgotten. Dampney portrays, and emphasizes, the importance of free play for children – activities so seemingly careless, they are generally prohibited by over-protective parents. These activities are found and photographed by Dampney in the seashore, nature or simply around the home. In preparing a book and exhibition of “From Innocence and Back”, this photographer deserves every support. Such images are priceless, both for their archival value – and the deeply accurate insight into the ephemeral world of children they reveal. That this world is being eroded by forces both environmental and political makes his project all the more timely.
  • 2004 July. What’s On. The Good Weekend Magazine. “Days Down Here – a 40 strong photographic display”
  • 2004 July. Sydney City Newspaper.
  • 2004 July. Heidi Maier. Art Gallery Guide Australia. “Dampney clearly goes to extraordinary lengths to succeed in imbuing his images with nuance and spirit.
  • 2004 July. Sunanda Creagh. Spotlight, Sydney Morning Herald. “Dampney brings even the sleepiest of scenes alive with silent drama.
  • 2003 August. Photofile Magazine, Issue 69.
  • 2003 June.Robert McFarlane. Sydney Morning Herald. “Deceptively simple. Well observed….Old Dupain proves as new as ever”.
  • 2003 June. The Weeks Best, Metro Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald. “Dampney’s photographs present the images you’ve always wanted on a postcard”.
  • 2003 July. Timout, The Manly Daily. “Dampney leaves you totally immersed in the beauty of photography”.
  • 2003 July. The Good Weekend Magazine.
  • 2003 July. Spotlight, The Sydney Morning Herald