Art of Royce Deans

“I have spent my entire life in and around the art world in one way or another. I am a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago where I studied drawing, illustration and painting. My paintings and drawings are represented by galleries in Michigan, Illinois, Utah and The Netherlands.

The last eight years or so I have really begun to develop three quite different bodies of work. That might seem difficult to manage, but the truth is that each direction I find myself going; landscape, abstraction, and figurative, I have found really support each other. I love to learn and experiment.

The abstract work that is created primarily as a collaboration with the Dutch/Israeli painter, Tali Farchi and with live musician has taught me to be open and to work in the moment. The immediacy of this way of working helps me when I paint my landscapes, since I paint primarily plain air, I need to be in the moment. My figurative work with the model keeps me drawing. In this way, each of these bodes of work do in fact inform each other.

In 2013, with Tali Farchi, I started the ArtisTTable, an international online art community that hosts themed online art exhibitions and other live events. Working with other artists in this way has really opened my eyes to some many new influences from around the world."

Selected Exhibitions:

2016

Great Big Little Black and White - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, MI - Group Show

Worlds Turn - Richard App Gallery - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show

2015

Studio Opening Celebration - Leelanau Studios - Solo Show

Figural - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, MI - Group Show

Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show

Leland Air - Old Art Building - Leland, Michigan - Plein Air Event

2LITTLE - ArtisTTable Groups Show - Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Made With Heart - Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois - Group Show

Human Nature - Urban Edge Gallery - Waukegan, Illinois

2014

Over the Lake and Through the Woods - Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois - Group Show

Five 4 Three - Ledbetter Gallery,  Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show

bluSamsara- JAZZoPERA, by Renee´ Baker, Chicago Modern Orchestra- Fulton St. Collective, Chicago, IL

ArtPrize 2014 - Kitsch 2 Kunst - DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show

Leland Air - Old Art Building - Leland, Michigan - Plein Air Event

Art Leelanau Group Show - Leland, MI

LITTLE - ArtisTTable Groups Show - Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

bluSamsara- Modern Chamber Opera, by Renee´ Baker - Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Netherlands

Art at the Opera - Traverse City Opera House - Group Show

2013

Down on the Farm - Gallery Fifty - Group Show

ArtPrize 2013 - Van der Wouden - Deans Family Portraits

Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show

Art Leelanau Group Show - Leland, MI

Fishtown Invitational Paint Event - Main Street Gallery - Leland, MI

Live Painting with Reneé Baker Chamber Ensemble with Tali Farchi, App Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI - Two person show with Tali Farchi

Temple Emanuel, Grand Rapids, MI Live painting w/ live music (GR Jewish Cultural Council)

2012

Painting Leelanau - Leland, MI, Group Show

Wake - Seeds Gallery - Traverse City, MI, Group Show

AES Gallery Show - Orlando, Florida

The Colorboration Project - Chicago Loop Alliance, Collaboration with Tali Farchi

2011

Experimental Painting with Rick Neuhaus Drum Circle and Tali Farchi

Mi Yodea / Shiviti Drummers - Northwestern University, Evanston, Tali Farchi

Chicago Modern Orchestra Project - Live painting with live music with Tali Farchi

ArtPrize 2011 - Collaborative live painting with music entry with Tali Farchi

Wet Paint Event - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, Group Show

Interpretations of Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, Michigan, Group Show

East Meets West - Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group Show

The Colorboration Project - Chicago - Phantom Gallery, Chicago, IL Project with Tali Farchi

2010

Figure in Art Show - Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI Group Show

Arumim - Bat-Yam Festival - Bat-Yam, Israel - Two person show with Tali Farchi

Wet Paint Event - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, Group Show

L5- IQ Gallery - Zwolle, The Netherlands - Two person show with Tali Farchi

L5 - Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Two person show with Tali Fachi

Miniatures in the Museum - Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show

AES Gallery Show - Orlando, Florida

Live Painting with Live Music - Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With Tali Farchi, / guest Wilbert de Joode

Live Painting with Live Music - Evanston, Illinois. With Tali Farchi, / guest Fulcrum Point New Music

Live Painting with Live Music - Chicago, Illinois. With Tali Farchi, / guest Wilbert de Joode

2009

Fifth Anniversary Show - Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI Group Show

Wet Paint Event - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, Group Show

Miniatures in the Museum - Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show

Grand Opening Show - The Attic Gallery, Crown Point, IN Group Show

Live Painting with Live Music - Windsor, Ontario Two Person Show with Tali Farchi

Live Painting with Live Music - Traverse City, MI Two Person Show with Tali Farchi

Live Painting with Live Music - Toronto, Ontario Two Person Show with Tali Farchi

His, Hers, Theirs - Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI Two Person Show with Angela Saxon

April Salon - Ann Arbor, MI Two Person Show with Angela Saxon

Figure Show -  Winetrail Gallery, Suttons Bay, MI Group Show

Figure Addressed - Interlochen, MI Group Show

Clouds - Associates in Family Dentistry, Traverse City, MI Solo Show

2008

AES Gallery Show - Orlando, Florida

Mo(ve)ment Meets Musicians - Brooklyn, Two-person show with Tali Farchi

Mo(ve)ment Meets Musicians - Chicago, Two-person show with Tali Farchi

Mo(ve)ment Meets Musicians - Holland, MI, Two-person show with Tali Farchi

Live Painting wth Music - Golan Heights, Israel, Two-person show with Tali Farchi

2007

Overzee - Amsterdam, Two-person show with Tali Farchi

Insideout Gallery - Traverse City, One-man show

One Week in May - Traverse City, Group show

2006

Art and Design Gallery - Salt Lake City, One-man show

AES Gallery Show - Las Vegas, Nevada

One Week in May - Traverse City, Group show

Circus Circus - Suttons Bay, Michigan Artists Gallery group show

AWA Studio Tour - Group Show

On permanent exhibit, Hamburger University, Oakbrook, Illinois

See the Stars - Traverse City, One-man show

All Elvis Show - World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, Group Show

Other Artistic Endeavors:

2009 to present - Two Designing - Graphic design with studios in Michigan and The Netherlands.

2007 to present - Mo(ve)mentUSA, Producer/performer

2007 to present - Mo(ve)ment, performing art group from the Netherlands

2000 to present - Owner or the independent record label, 54º40' or Fight!

1998 to present - publisher and producer of Copper Press, a journal styled publication that covers art and independently produced music.

1994 to 1998- publisher and producer of Pøk Magazine, an indie zine covering snowboarding, skateboarding and music.

1990 to 1992 - Owner of Arms of Venus Art Gallery, in Traverse City, Michigan. Represented 30 local artists

1983 to present - McDonald's Corp., painting art work for the company's corporate collection

Influences:

"Pablo Picasso, for his ability to see like a child

Henri Matisse, for his bold color and fearless shapes

Alberto Giacometti, for his gestural expression

Richard Diebenkorn, his approach to the paint and interpretation of shape

Egon Schiele, for his raw line quality

Philip Pearlstein, for his honesty with the human form

John Singer Sargent, for his ability to say so much with a single brushstroke

Willem deKooning, for his pure expressive energy

Claude Monet, for his observation of color

Jackson Pollack, for his willingness to do what he wanted

Wassily Kandinsky, for his powerful and colorful compositions

Vincent van Gogh, for his unstoppable desire to paint

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, for his representation of light through color

Mary Cassatt, for her sensitivity with intimate subjects

Gustave Corbet, for his solidity of form

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, for his capturing of life as it happened

Frida Kahlo, for her self-portraits

Minerva Tichert, for her ability to tell a story with her gestural images"

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