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 1900’s 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 a self-taught Artist, 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. It is the relationship between the figure and his surroundings which intrigues Dean.
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 national magazines including Western Art and Architecture, Art of the West, Southwest Art, and American Artist. Dean has won a number of awards including his most recent, the Gold Thunderbird Award (Best of Show) at Maynard Dixon Country. Select awards include 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 between deserts, mountains, and coastal subjects. Time in the field and in 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 lives in his native state of California on the Central Coast.
-2013 Gold Thunderbird Award (Best of Show) Maynard Dixon Country
-2007- Kelman -Ortiz award. Torrey Pines painting invitational
-2003 Grand Prize and Artist Choice award. Arizona- Sonora desert Museum painting invitational
-2002 Honorable Mention San Luis Obispo painting festival
-Best Miniature painting award. San Juan Capistrano painting festival
-Inaugural Emerging artist award, Art and antiques magazine Carmel art Festival 2001
-2001 Honorable Mention award. San Juan Capistrano painting festival
-Western Art & Architecture, "Artists to Watch" Fall/ Winter 2010
-SantaFean Magazine, article December 2009
-Western Art Collector, article December 2009
-American Art Collector, article June 2009
-Art of the West magazine, article Jan-Feb 2008
-Western Art Collector Magazine, feature article November 07
-Southwest Art magazine, feature article, November 2004
-American Artist Magazine , feature article, June 2003
-Southwest Art magazine, "News Makers" May 2003
-Southwest Art magazine, inaugural "21 under 31"
-Maynard Dixon Country (invited artist)
2004, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09
-Coors Western Art Show (invited artist)
2007, 2008, 2009
-2007 Torrey Pines Painting competition (invited artist)
-One man shows-Medicine Man Gallery 2005, 2004, 2003
-Artists of the Grand Canyon Medicine Man
-Artist Focus, Legacy Gallery 2003
-Laguna painting Invitational Invited artist 2002, 2003
-LPAPA signature member show
-California Art Club Gold medal show (exhibitor) 2001, 2002, 2003
Below: Painting by Jeremy Lipking