November 10, 2022

Twenty-five years ago Abby, Pat, Howler, Johnny and I, collectively known as Leonardo’s Bride, released the album ‘Angel Blood’ (Norwegian slang for liquid paper). We recorded it in Marrickville, Sydney with Justin Stanley, under the flight path of the nearby airport which was apt given the supersonic ride those twelve songs afforded us. Today, on this anniversary, the album is finally available on vinyl. This is no slap dash, copied from the cd ho hum effort. Oh no. That’s not how LB rolls. We went back to the half inch analogue mixdowns and meticulously mastered for vinyl and cut metal plates in Germany due to the exceeding lengths of each side (not sure what that means exactly but it sounds impressive). There’s also a limited edition t-shirt available to coincide with Oz Music Month. A percentage of the t-shirt sales will go to the wonderful Support Act, who work tirelessly for musicians long after the audience has gone home.


March 25, 2021

Michael Gudinski’s memorial service was yesterday in Melbourne. I watched from afar with a heavy heart. It was fitting, emotional and sometimes funny (does the Rabbi Wolf do Bat Mitzvah’s?). Great to see his life as a family man celebrated as much as his life as a music man. My love goes out to Sue, Matt and Kate. Michael, after some convincing, became our champion, our lion and we are forever in his debt. He along with Norman our manager and every single person at Mushroom Records gave Leonardo's Bride the most exhilarating of magic carpet rides. Once backstage, bouncing from foot to foot, he assured us, ‘I'm vibing out of my fucking mind’. It became a catch cry for the group, even delivered dead pan at 2 a.m. as we were loading the band van. It always got a laugh. God he was hilarious. I wanted to paint his portrait as the ringmaster and we even spoke about it. Abby & I played at his 60th birthday party up at the house. We had hoped to play more. Maybe we will.


September 12, 2020

Wonderful rendition of Even When I'm Sleeping by Abby Dobson, Ngaiire, Paul Dempsey (Something For Kate) & Tim Nelson (Cub Sport) for the series ‘The State of Music’.


July 28, 2020

Sydney based wunderkind YUNN BURRO has remixed Twenty Paces. It's titled 'Crash My Past/Twenty Paces rmx'. It's out on September 17.


June 13, 2020

With concerts postponed for the foreseeable future, I finally have time to explore the contents of a suitcase I found.


February 24, 2020

First show of tour announced. I'll be joined by Agi on drums and Sophia on cello.


November 10, 2019

Reviews of the new album have been steadily coming in. Most are favourable thankfully. I’ll post them in the music/media section.


September 6, 2019

Sunday Mountain is released today. Check out the 'shows' page for live performances.


July 26, 2019

Messy Time was the first song written but the last track recorded for the new album. I couldn’t get it right. The day before the mix session I put down a vocal and some guitar of where it was at. As he's always done, Justin Stanley took my rags and made them riches. This one goes out to Antoni Gaudí who out taking his morning walk almost 100 years ago, was hit by a tram. Thanks to Anastasia for the drawing in the video.


July 8, 2019

Casino Town single with accompanying video is now available. I directed and edited this one myself with valuable assistance from D.O.P Megan Ogilvie, colour grader Rachel Holmshaw, production assistant Nasia Christie, hair/make-up artist Chloe He and superb steady driving by cousin Con Harris.

Dean Manning Rehearsal Athens

May 18, 2019

For the launch of Be My Friend I had a live youtube performance with puppeteer Patrick Amber here in Athens. I met Patrick 3 years at a workshop he gave. He is a tireless advocate for refugees regularly giving performances all over Greece.

Dean Manning Rehearsal Athens

May 1, 2019

Release dates are set. Be My Friend, the first single and the Emma Fletcher directed video, is out on May 17 followed by Casino Town on June 21. Sunday Mountain the album is out July 26. I've put together a short film about the making of the record.

Dean Manning Making Of SM

January 12, 2019

Currently editing a video we filmed in Sydney for 'Casino Town' from the soon to be released album Sunday Mountain.

Dean Manning Casino Town

December 23, 2018

Stella and I playing at the Mary Place Gallery closing drinks. I could play all night and all day with her. Sitting comfortably on the sofa behind us is the majestic painter Elisabeth Cummings.

Dean & Stella

December 15, 2018

Installation photos of the Boat Smoke Bowl Exhibtion.

Mr Blank series

Mary Place

December 6, 2018

On Saturday December 22 Stella and I will be playing a short set at the Boat Smoke Bowl closing party at 7 pm. Also that afternoon, 3 pm, tune in FBI Radio Sydney. We'll be dropping in to play and chat with Jack Shit.

October 26, 2018

Invitation to the exhibition opening at 4 pm on Saturday November 24 at Mary Place Gallery, Sydney. We're also giving a floor talk on Saturday December 1 at 3 pm hosted by Kon Gouriotis OAM. The gallery address is 12 Mary Place, Paddington. NSW.


October 7, 2018

A Greek summer of hibernation painting for an exhibition opening next month in Sydney. This has waylaid album release plans somewhat but the vinyl has returned. It looks and sounds majestic.


July 6, 2018

Mastered audio and artwork were sent to Leipzig Germany last week for vinyl production. Emma Fletcher took the photographs, printed them on organza then photographed them again.

The front ..

sunday cover

The back ..

sunday back

The label ..

sunday label


May 19 , 2018

Atticus & Lola on set for the video shoot of 'Be My Friend' directed by Emma Fletcher. Bushwick, New York.

vid shoot


April 30 , 2018

Mixing & further recording with Justin Stanley at Stellasound, Los Angeles. This is the 8th record we have worked on together. We hardly need to speak anymore.

just n dean la


February 5 , 2018

Out of the basement into Ben Moore's Harvest Recordings, Marrickville, Sydney. The magic Stella Mozgawa on drums.

stella harvest

Stephen Oxenbury dropped by and took some photographs.

dean stel by sox


December 20 , 2017

Sydney. Recording starts on a new album.

studio sydney


October 28, 2017

Hola. A Spanish show. En La Terraza, Castellon de la Planta. Sunset.



October 9, 2017

I will be playing a set at Akrovatis (Acrobat) in Pagrati at 9pm. ΑΡΧΕΛΑΟΥ 19, 11635 Athens, Greece



September 5, 2017

The new Tinkerbellslutbaby EP Right There With You is now up and away on itunes, Spotify etc. It was recorded and mixed by Ben Moore at Harvest Recordings and features Rachel Holmshaw, Jon Howell, Chris Abrahams & myself.


August 25, 2017

David Lane and I will be playing a short set at the Wayside Chapel, Bondi Beach. It’s a benefit show for the legendary Sydney institution. Corner Gould St and Roscoe St, Bondi.


July 29, 2017

The Salon Des Refuses opens at the S H Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill, Sydney. Costa in Honey is in the show.




July 6, 2017

Blue Medea has been selected as finalist for the Waverley Art Prize. Opening night is Thursday 6 July. 6-8pm. 138 Bondi Road, Bondi. NSW.


media blue news


July 2, 2017

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery's Archibald 'Artists In Conversation' series concludes with Danelle Bergstrom and myself. 1-3pm. Deerubbin Centre (1st Floor) 300 George Street, Windsor, NSW. For bookings visit


May 6, 2017

Group show Juan Ruflo Turns One Hundred opening at AAA3A, 309 Alexander Avenue Apartment 3A, The Bronx, New York. I have a small ceramic tile portrait of the revered Mexican writer & photographer in the the show.




April 29, 2017

Closing night of Nearer To Closer. I'll be playing a twilight set on the roof of Fo Kia Nou at 7 pm.


April 22, 2017

Artist floor talk at Fo Kia Nou at 6 pm.


April 1, 2017

Nearer To Closer a mixed media exhibition opens in Athens Greece at project space Fo Kia Nou. Runs until Saturday April 29.

Address: 24 Fokianou Street, Pagrati, Athens 11635. 7th floor.

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday. 4 - 8 pm.









March 4, 2017

Double A Side, a group show opens at Darren Knight Gallery in Sydney. I have 2 paintings included. The show features musicians with a visual practice and co-incides with the exhibition of photographs by Murray Cammick. Show goes until April 1. Exhibition poster by Jon Campbell


double a side



January 20, 2017

The Archibald Prize tours to Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Here is the full list of galleries the exhibition will tour to.

14 October 2016 – 27 November 2016

Art Gallery of Ballarat

2 December 2016 – 15 January 2017

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

20 January 2017 – 19 March 2017

Cowra Regional Art Gallery

24 March 2017 – 13 May 2017

Bega Valley Regional Gallery

19 May 2017 – 2 July 2017

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery

7 July 2017 – 20 August 2017

Western Plains Cultural Centre


October 27, 2016

Sailor has been selected as a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2016. The exhibition will be held at Juniper hall, Paddington Sydney and runs until February 5, 2017. The show will then tour.


August 31, 2016

Lawrence Leung & I will be speaking at the Archibald Lunch at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth at 12pm.


August 20, 2106

Duo has been selected as a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize 2016. Exhibition open til September 25.


July 29, 2016

Maximum Lawrence, my portrait of Lawrence Leung (one of the funniest people I know) has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize.




July 19, 2016

I will be giving an artist talk at Delmar Gallery Sydney at 2pm.


July 3, 2016

The Air Is Free, an exhibition/retrospective featuring the work of the late great James Fardoulys and a suite of new paintings I completed in Athens will be opened by Daniel Mudie Cunningham at the Delmar Gallery, 144 Victoria Street, Ashfiled, Sydney at 2 pm. The exhibition was curated by Catherine Benz and runs until July 31.








June 5, 2016

As part of the Vivid Festival, Leonardo's Bride (duo) will be performing at the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, Sydney. This will be the first duo show Abby & I have played in 15 years. David Lane will open the show.