Backwoods Gallery
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Backwoods Gallery exhibit work by artists who have a background in street art and illustration, and provide a space for artists to present their work, on their own terms, without limitations.

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Transition by Deams

  • Backwoods Gallery 25 Easey Street Collingwood, VIC, 3066 Australia (map)

Exhibition Essay

Following on from ‘In The Fold’, Deams' positively received, debut exhibition, returns to Backwoods with ‘Transition’. 'Transition' marks a further progression and sophistication of his distinctive approach to painting and abstraction. This new body of work encapsulates the seemingly chaotic yet clearly directed nature of energy and form in a state of transition.

This transient metamorphosis allows us a momentary glimpse into the future of the artists work whilst simultaneously presenting a deep acknowledgement of the diversity of his past explorations. Confidently employing expressionist techniques, Deams’ distinct brushstrokes and multi-layered process guide the work into exciting new territory. The works evoke a deep sense of change and a fearless approach that has been demonstrated by the ubiquitous evolution in his work.


Painter, designer and geometric visionary Deams has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for over a decade. A founding member of the infamous Melbourne collective AWOL Crew, his work can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world.

Deams has an intuitive approach to painting and process, which allows for his work to oscillate between tangible and intangible forms and realities. He approaches his practice with a studious dedication to his past and the immediacy of his present, discovering links between the impressions of his childhood and his current ideas and experiences.

His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture.