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Aspic realism (blue)



Christine Dean


1963 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Frenchs Forest Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media categories
    Mixed media painting , Painting
    Materials used
    enamel on stretched chenille bedspread
    213.0 x 167.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated centre verso, fibre-tipped pen "Christopher Dean 1996 .../ ...".

    Gift of John McBride 2021
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Christine Dean
    Artist information
    Christine Dean

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Christine Dean produced an arresting series of abstract paintings on stretched, second-hand chenille bedspreads between 1992 and 1996. These 'bedspread paintings' offered a Queer commentary on heterosexual lifestyles in the suburbs, and were likely inspired by Dean’s neo abstractionist peer, John Nixon, who similarly incorporated recycled materials into his works during the 1980s and 90s.

    Dean's commentary on sexuality and cultural identity extended to her use of colour in these works. For example, in Aspic realism Dean represented gender binarism by pairing hot pink and baby blue monochrome paintings together. To this end Dean sought to draw our attention to gender coded colour and the (false) equivalence of formalism with masculine personality traits such as order and rationality. Beyond these conceptual and theoretical concerns, Dean's 'bedspread paintings' possessed a remarkable presence as both a repurposed and re-contextualised object and a beautifully painted minimalist work with intriguing textures and patterns.

    Dean’s subsequent gender change (Christine identified as male and was known as Christopher when 'Aspic realism' was panted in late 1996) has further layered and questioned our reading of her work as either masculine or feminine and upended any prescribed ideas we might have about an artwork’s aesthetic being somehow informed by its maker's sex and vice versa.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication