Dean McDowell was born, lives and works in Northern Ireland. Graduating with honours in graphic design, he worked within the graphics industry for several years before moving into field of fine art.
Through the fine art medium he is intrinsically drawn to the beauty within sorrow, this can be seen in his surreal portrait of people. Initially one is drawn in by the dark emotional subject matter and the circumstances of the image, and finally asked to question not only their perspective but the artist’s final intent. Using traditional painting techniques, coupled with his knowledge of illustration he plays with the atmosphere of each painting, never deciding what the mood will be until the final brush stroke.
McDowell has exhibited extensively with work shown and on display in galleries throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and America.


Interiors: November 2015, Gristle Art Gallery, New York (US)

Peachy Dublin: May 2015, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, (IRE)

The Nightmare In Wonderland Project: February 2015, Rotofugi Gallery, California, (US)

Myth, Magic & Lore: February 2015, Bash Contemporary, San Francisco (US)

The Damned Detroit : October 2014 Tangent Gallery, Detroit (US)

Indelible : April 2014 Alexi Era Gallery, St Louis (US)

Social Deformity : September 2013 View Gallery, Bristol (UK)

Sexy Bastards and a Lady: September 2013 423 West Gallery, California (US)

Art for Awareness: February 2013 Think Space Gallery, California (US)

Cutter Quitter Quicker: March 2012 Rothick Art Haus Anaheim, California (US)

Food Fight: March 2012 La Catedral Studios, Dublin (IRE)

Oceanic Awareness Collaboration: February 2012 White Walls Gallery, San Francisco (US)

Twilight Journeys: October 2010 The Alternative Café, Seaside, California (US)

Dementions: October 2009 Eclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, California (US)

This Is The End: March 2009 The Alternative Café, Seaside, California (US)

All You Can Eat: February 2009 Bunny Gunner Gallery, Pomona, California (US)

Fierce Fashion: January 2009 Eclectix Gallery, El Cerrito, California (US)

Royal Ulster Academy: September 2008 Titanic Drawing Offices, Belfast (UK)

Darkly Screaming: July 2008 Rouges Gallery, Belfast (UK)

Identity Theft: July 2008 Guildford Art Centre, California (US)

Bog Standard: May 2008 Rogues Gallery, Belfast (UK)

Attack Of The ‘B’ Movie ArtShow: April 2008 Space Gallery, San Francisco (US)

Emotions: September 2007 Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick (UK)