Mr J.R Wotherspoon c.1856

A portrait of the renowned Beaufort identity J.R Wotherspoon has been commissioned by the lovely Beaufort Garden Society. The Wotherspoons were integral to the foundation of the town of Beaufort. Post modern artist breaks out into mixed media. This portrait will combine enduring bronze with the cedar that was felled in Beaufort and already used…

The Rub of Love

A FOOT FETISH Spotlight on the small bronze “The Rub of Love” BRONZE, 2012   The Rub of Love is a reference to the Dylan Thomas poem “If I Were Tickled by the Rub of Love”. … If I were tickled by the lovers’ rub That wipes away not crow’s-foot nor the lock Of sick…

Iceland Residency

A cairn is a stack of stones, in Scottish Gaelic language. Cairns have been and are used from prehistoric times to the present as signs and signifiers.

Smythesdale Ship Tree

Hold your tongue and say, “I was born on a pirate ship” Earth Ship, Cypress Pine 2016    

Gang of Cockatoos

  We like to refer to a totem when we create animal sculptures, to start exploring the subject at a theoretical level. The strongly social nature of Cockatoo emphasizes a sense of a community, and the skills needed to maintain these relationships like communication and compromise.  Cockatoo’s showy crest and its use in communication exudes…

Melbourne Dreaming, by Meyer Eidelson

Originally posted on ANZ LitLovers LitBlog:
I have had a wonderful day today, thanks to this exciting new edition of Melbourne Dreaming, A Guide to Important Places of the Past and Present. It is, as the name implies, a guide to the indigenous heritage of our city.  First published in 1997 but now updated, the guide…

eat the wagon wheel

This sacred totem is shown horizontally : an anti-totem. We speak of the value of size; weight, mass and logistics. This kind of abundance (the totem of the bison, of the giant redwood Sequoya) no longer exists. We stand on the shoulders of the almighty giants of the pre-modern age. We hope human kind can…

peregrine falcon valley lake

  Five totem poles at the Valley Lake estate, in a linear park connecting Basalt Ave and Olivine Road, Keilor East.   This work was commissioned by Places Victoria, with Maureen Benier of Scape Environments doing the master planning. Thanks to Melissa Vucovik at Tract Landscape Architects for making it happen and all the boys…

Small bronze sculpture

After “going bush” for an extensive spiritual period representing animal totems carved in wood, Dean Smith Dancing Bear returns to the city, returns to bronze, returns to figurative study, and rather than dwelling on the melancholy realities of the human world, he presents a series of romantic portraits with a narrative of joyful antics, flamboyant…

Performance Art

The Space Simulator – Marquette ; Performance at the Seaman’s Mission – Dean Smith, Couch, Suspended


This lion was carved from a single mighty piece of Cypress, almost 1.8m diameter

Animal Totems

Dean has carved almost 300 animal sculptures. Here are just a few…

School Demonstrations

Dean can be booked for an exciting and informative day of art. The demonstration shown here was at Bacchus Marsh Primary. Day included singing with the kids, chain saw sculpture and five bird posts.