Tyrone Deans was born in 1988 into a Jamaican family in London. He studied Architecture in London at Kingston, London Metropolitan and RIBA NW universities, where he received his ARB and RIBA.
Tyrone’s work explores issues of culture, race, migration and class through the media of painting, collage, photography and film. Influenced by his Jamaican heritage, Tyrone questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions.
His next solo exhibition, entitled “Kromanti”, a language related to the Akan language group which is spoken by Jamaican Maroons, combines Tyrone’s vehement technique and unusual pallet with brightly coloured ‘Ghanaian’ batik fabrics.
“Kromanti” explores the history of Jamaican “Maroons”, descendants of independent communities of former runaway slaves.
Tyrone is interested in the history of these global trade routes, the links between Ghana and Jamaica through colonisation and the dutch made batik fabrics as a way into exploring European influences on Africa.
Tyrone’s works are symptomatic of the world in which we live, where the boundaries are blurred. The materiality of the work, incorporating shea and cocoa butter, also further illuminates Tyrone’s interest in subverted uses and meanings. The use of these materials, commonly used to moisturise black skin, is symbolic; shea butter is medicinal and evokes the power of healing.
Tyrone’s works are included in private collections internationally and in the UK.