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, a tribute to living unsung heroes and heroines. His works are arresting and beautifully drafted, with an honesty and depth of emotion that bring his subjects to life. With an Art, Design and Media degree, he is influenced, as much by is 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 and South 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 a former secondary school art teacher with extensive experience working with young people with special education needs and disabilities and those with diverse social and emotional needs.
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