Beljohn Dean, born John Dean Pickford, is currently living in the Langkloof/Garden Route area. He has experimented with various styles and works in a number of mediums including Oils, Watercolours and Photography, favouring landscapes and portraits.
After initially studying Jewellery Design at CPUT, he furthered his studies in Photography and Watercolours at Ruth Prowse School of Art. He then completed a three year apprenticeship under Michael Pettit at Michael Pettit School of Art, Newlands.
He participated in a group exhibition “Closet Culture” at the Purple Turtle in Cape Town. This exhibition included painting and photography.
In 1999 he achieved a position as one of the top 100 South African finalists in Ashley & Radmore’s The Winsor & Newton Millennium Competition which was held at The Sandton Civic Centre in Gauteng with his painting “Our Rainbow Hill is Seeded”. This competition was sponsored by The FNB VITA AWARDS.
In 1999, he participated in the Gauloise Blondes Freedom of Expression Competition at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town with his painting: “Self-Portrait in Karoo Flood Plain with Roses”. He has also exhibited a number of times at The Strydom Gallery’s Winter Shows in George.
Apart from public exhibitions, Beljohn Dean has completed a number of private commissions as well as works that are now in private collections both in South Africa and internationally.
He draws inspiration from the natural surroundings with its vibrant colours and textures. This is reflected in his diverse work.