Glenn Dean’s childhood interest in art matured into a love of painting landscapes by his early twenties. Exposure to the California and Western landscape painters of the early 1900s had a great influence on the young artist and directed the course of his career early on. In the works of such masters as Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon, Dean saw the “importance of seeing the color of light” while “carefully observing the simple and basic characteristics of a specific location.”
Largely self-taught, Dean has a passion and joy for discovering answers to the complexities found in the works of those past masters and continues to strive for a similar quality in his own work. In recent years, Dean has turned his attention to the figure within the landscape as he brings the figure closer to the forefront; he is intrigued by the relationship between the figure and its surroundings.
Dean gained recognition early in his career. He has twice been honored as the cover artist for Western Art Collector magazine and has appeared in several other national magazines, including American Artist, Art of the West, Southwest Art, and Western Art & Architecture. His numerous awards include the 2017 Artists’ Choice Award and the 2016 Victor Higgins Award for the Best Overall Body of Work from the Eiteljorg Museum’s Quest for the West; the Gold Thunderbird Award (Best of Show) at the Maynard Dixon Country Invitational in 2013; the first ever Emerging Artist Award presented by Art and Antiques magazine; and the Grand Prize and Artist Choice Award at the inaugural Tucson/Sonoran Desert Museum Plein Air Invitational.
Dean paints on location throughout the Southwest, dividing his time among deserts, mountains, and coastal subjects. Time in the field and the studio are equally important to Dean. While working in his studio, Dean is able to paint larger compositions worked from field studies and other references. Dean and his wife, Suzanne, live in his native state of California on the Central Coast.
Glenn Dean is represented by Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming; Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California; and Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona.
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