Neequaye Dreph Dsane (b. 1973, Nottingham, England) is a versatile visual artist working across a wide range of media. With a focus on painting the human figure, he is best known for his large-scale street murals and oil paintings.

Dreph’s work seeks to present an alternative narrative and document the contemporary black British experience. His subjects are everyday people, friends, family or those he meets whilst painting in the streets. With considered poses, sensitive use of colour and an attention to detail he invariably depicts his subjects as empowered, stylish and self-aware.

He is inspired, as much by 80s British underground comic books and New York subway art, as he is the old masters.

After 3 decades of street based painting, Dreph’s work can be found in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central, South and North America and throughout Europe.

Dreph is an Illustration lecturer at Portsmouth University and a former secondary school art teacher. He lives and works in London.

 

Education

PGDE Level 6 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (post 16 PGCE equivalent); 2012, University of Bolton

BA Art, Design & Media (Illustration pathway); 1997, Portsmouth University.

 

Bibliography

Simon Armstrong, “Street Art (Art Essentials)”. Thames & Hudson , Oct 2019

Marcus Barnes, The Guardian, “Real wonder women take to the streets” 2017

Marcus Barnes, The Observer, New Review 2017 “Wonder women at large” p.5

Samantha Willis, Time Out, “A giant mural of Michelle Obama has appeared in Brixton”

Adrian Denis, The Guardian, National, 2018 “Britain in Full Colour” p.5

Fiona, Simpson, Evening Standard. Murals of ‘Inspirational black women appear across London”, August 2017

Fiona Simpson, Evening Standard, “Street artist reveals his latest work in project to celebrate Londons migrants”. Jan 2017

Ailis Brennan, Evening Standard, “An artist has created a 30ft mural of Michelle Obama in Brixton” , Oct 2018

Tristan Manco, “Street Sketchbook: Inside the Journals of International Street and Graffiti Artists”, Thames & Hudson, Oct 2007

JAKe, The Mammoth Book of Street Art by Barnes & Noble

 

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

2020 50 Windows Public Art trail, Manchester

2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artists of Year contestant, London

2018 Migration, mural project, London

2017 You Are Enough, mural project, London

2017 Tate Modern, After Hours: Soul Of A Nation, 3 day live painting, London

2016 Artists Series, mural project, London

2009 Cracked, group exhibition, London

2006 Lines Of Attitude, group exhibition and mural project – South Africa And Kenya

2004 Underground Resistance, curation / group exhibition, London

2003 Sublime Intervention, Manchester

 

Residencies

August 2019, Projeto Xalabas, Cape Verde, 

November 1019, Favela Sounds, Sol Nascente, Ceilândia, Brazil, 

 

Talks

2019, Tedx Tottenham, Bernie Grant Arts Center, London, April 2019

2018, Common Thread, Crafts Council & Creative Debuts, London

2018, Onley Prison

2018, Guest lecturer, University of Portsmouth

2017, Royal Institute of British Architects, London

2017, Black Blossoms & Shades of Noir Artist Conference, University of Arts, London

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