Ballinamore artist, Brendan Dean, this week donated his work ‘Untitled’ to the Outhouse LGBT Community Resource Centre in Dublin. Chairperson, George Robotham and Centre staff welcomed the piece which was hung in the entrance hall, where over 25,000 people per year will see the painting.
Brendan, resident in Ballinamore, Co Leitrim since his younger years, is delighted that the piece will be housed in the city where he was born, and hopes it may inspire LGBT artists to visually speak their own individual truths.
He is well-known locally as an artist and has curated a number of exhibitions at Solas Art Gallery, Ballinamore and the NW Pride Freedoms exhibitions. His work has been seen in a number of settings and is in private collections across the country and he is currently working on a solo show for early 2013.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer, Brendan said “I had always wanted to be an artist and after decades got around to going to college in 2007. After three years of exploring Abstraction - effectively art therapy, yet for me the safe closeted option of creative expression, I eventually publicly came out in 2011 and began that year by researching a thesis titled ‘Emotional Soldiers: An Exploration of Heterosexuality in Fine Art as Problematic in Relation to the Construct of Masculinity’. My research into Masculinity, Gender Politics and the human condition led me to produce this piece which was the centre piece of my Honours Degree Show.”