With a focus on geometric abstraction, Dean’s illusionistic paintings celebrate a joyous full spectrum of colour. Colour acts as a focal point; each bold line and juxtaposing mark are saturated with rich hues, creating a vibrating language of harmony and dissonance between tones. From afar, Dean’s paintings appear as 3-D objects, challenging the viewer’s perspective and visual space. At proximity, it is a chromatic boost that uplifts and energizes the senses.
The spectrums Dean features in his painting are largely informed by the purity and saturation of light refractions passing through various glass, gemstones and other translucent substances. He captures the ethereal qualities of luminescence and translates it to physical and bold paintings using the hard-edge style.

Kristofir Dean holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). His paintings have been shown internationally, including Australia and Hong Kong. In addition to traditional painting, his work has been reproduced as a mural and banners with Vancouver’s South Granville BIA, and as a large mural commissioned by the Art Gallery of Hamilton. His artwork has been seen in publications such as The Georgia Straight, Apartment Therapy, the Article Lookbook and House and Home magazine.

“In all aspects of life, colour has great significance…identification, meaning and mood are all encoded in colour.” – Kristofir Dean

Kristofir-Dean-Refracted-Temperature-Rising-36x36-Online-Art-Galleries-1920

Refracted Temperature Rising

2018
Acrylic & Resin on panel
36″ x 36″
$3,600.00

Kristofir-Dean-Jelly-Bean-Refraction-12x12-Online-Art-Galleries

Jelly Bean Refraction

2017
Acrylic and resin on panel
12″ x 12″
$800.00

Kristofir-Dean-Summer-Refraction-12x12-Online-Art-Galleries

Summer Refraction

2019
Acrylic and resin on panel
12″ x 12″
$800.00

Kristofir-Dean-September-Day-Refraction-12x12-Online-Art-Galleries

September Day Refraction

2019
Acrylic and resin on panel
12″ x 12″
$800.00

Kristofir-Dean-Inverse-Lukewarm-Winter-36x36-Online-Art-Galleries

Inverse Lukewarm Winter

2018
Acrylic & Resin on panel
36″ x 36″
$3,600.00

Kristofir-Dean-Inverse-Spectrum-Pyramid-24x24-Online-Art-Galleries

Inverse Spectrum Pyramid

2018
Acrylic & Resin on panel
24″ x 24″
$2,400.00

Kristofir-Dean-Refracted-Terrain-24x24-Online-Art-Galleries

Refracted Terrain

2018
Acrylic & Resin on panel
24″ x 24″
$2,400.00

Kristofir-Dean-Electric-Rays-of-Spring-40x35-Online-Art-Galleries

Electric Rays Of Spring

2019
Acrylic and resin on panel
40″ x 35″
$4,500.00

Kristofir-Dean-The-Light-Inside-40x35-Online-Art-Galleries

The Light Inside

2019
Acrylic and resin on panel
40″ x 35″
$4,500.00

Kristofir-Dean-Terrestre-36x36-Online-Art-Galleries

Terrestre

2021
Acrylic & Resin on panel
36″ x 36″
$3,600.00

Education
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON (2004-2008)
Awards and Special Projects
Work selected for public mural, City of Vancouver (2016)
Work selected as banner image for South Granville flags, South Granville BIA (June 2016)
Special Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council (June 2009)

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2012 “Kristofir Dean and Bratsa Bonifacho”, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
2010 “Voler”, Public Art Installation for Richmond Festival of the Arts, Richmond, BC
2009 “Apteka”, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON (June 2009)

Group Exhibitions
2015
Art Interiors, Toronto, ON
Cube Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Design Annex, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Art Interiors (Love Art Fair), Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
2014
Cube Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2013
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Toronto, ON
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2012
Ian Tan Gallery, Hong Kong
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2011
Art for Life Auction, Vancouver, BC
Ian Tan Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2010
Container Art, Vancouver, BC
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Toronto, ON
Diane Farris Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2009
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
2008
Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto, ON
Tap Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Transit Space Gallery, Toronto, ON
Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, ON
2007
Loose Canon Gallery, Hamilton, ON
Studio22 Gallery, Kingston, ON
Osgoode Hall Art Gallery, Toronto, ON
Loose Canon Gallery, Hamilton, ON
Great Hall, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, ON
Loose Canon Gallery, Hamilton, ON

Collections
McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, ON
North American Broadcasters Association, Toronto, ON
Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, ON