Born in 1973. Lives and works in London.
Neequaye Dreph Dsane is a versatile visual artist working across a wide range of media. With a focus on portraiture, he is best known for his large-scale murals and oil paintings. His portraits and their accompanying backstories present an alternative narrative, often a tribute to living unsung heroes and heroines. His works are arresting and beautifully drafted, with an honesty and sensibility that bring his subjects to life. With an Art, Design and Media degree, he is influenced, 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 is widely regarded as a stalwart of the scene and has painted in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central, South and North America and throughout Europe. He is currently working on ‘Migration’, a national series of paintings exploring the human stories of those who have travelled from abroad and made the UK their home. Dreph is an Illustration lecturer at Portsmouth University and a former secondary school art teacher.
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.
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
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
Projeto Xalabas, Cape Verde, August 2019
Favela Sounds, Sol Nascente, Ceilândia, Brazil, November 1019
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