Dean Patman works from his studio in Bristol, creating intricately detailed and characterful animals, birds and insects using found objects and recycled materials. Each creature evolves instinctively from the original shape of the shoe-last, or piece of cutlery or whatever he's managed to find, so creating an animal that is surprisingly alive with detail and movement.


As a child, Dean Patman was fascinated by natural history, spending much of his time exploring the garden 'hunting for creatures'. Combining this with a passion for drawing, Dean studied scientific illustration, but yearned for a more creative way of making a living. He then completed a course at Central St Martins, where he began working with recycled materials, which at first was a one-off project, but became a way of working for him which he continues to develop and explore today.