Dean Entwistle

“My aim is to uncover something hidden in plain sight. Each painting is an attempt to express thoughts and feelings that connect, stimulate and intrigue the viewer.”

Artist Dean Entwistle is renowned for his watercolour pieces, oil paintings and tempera paintings. See examples of his work in each of these mediums below.


Tempera has been a little used painting medium in recent years due to the time consuming process it requires and the comparative ease of other paints. Tempera is a method of painting which pre-dates oil paint, is a permanent paint which consists of pure pigment mixed with a ‘binder’ – typically this is egg yolk! Due to the high concentration of pigment that is used, it is incredibly long lasting, light fast and won’t fade. The paint is applied in thin, transparent layers although great precision is required as the layers dry very quickly. Once the painting is completed, it then takes 12 months to ‘cure’ in which the surface hardens and the colours become more vivid.

Seven musical notes, seven colours, Dean believes that the landscape can be engaged with beyond its surface. “I recognise that both musicians and painters share a process in an expression of resonance, tone, composition, colour, layers, harmony and rhythm. I find tempera in particular holds the secret to recording moods and sense of place in a distinctive way not expressed using other painting mediums.”

Notably, Dean’s paintings of the Central Library and the Midland Hotel are two of only three tempera paintings ever completed of Manchester.


Dean endeavours to reflect and translate feelings and emotions through the subtle and responsive medium of watercolour. Dean uses watercolour because of its ability to capture atmospherics – the evocative relationship between light and weather. He believes that watercolour resonates truly within the strong British Romantic tradition.

Oil on Board


Dean Entwistle is an incredibly accomplished British painter whose desire is to create something of beauty by blending light and a sense of place.

Dean produces around twelve paintings per year. The investment potential of both his original works and limited edition prints has recently become evident as they are highly sought after by collectors. Dean’s work regularly hangs alongside artists such as John Bellany CBE RA, Maurice Cockrill RA, L.S. Lowry RA, Theodore Major, Harold Riley, John Piper CH, Barbara Rae RA, Peter Howson OBE, Adolphe Valetti, Graham Sutherland OM and Emanuel Levy.

Dean exhibits several times per year around the UK and overseas, including the Royal Watercolour Society in February 2010.

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