Glenn Dean

Born in 1976 and largely self-taught, Glenn Dean has a passion and joy for discovering answers to the complexities found in the works of such past masters as Edgar Payne and Maynard Dixon. He sees the “importance of seeing the color of light” while “carefully observing the simple and basic characteristics of a specific location,” and strives for a similar quality in his own work. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the figure within the landscape as he brings the figure closer to the forefront. What intrigues him is the relationship between the figure and their surroundings.

The artist gained recognition early in his career. He has appeared in such national magazines as American Artist, Art of the West, Cowboys & Indians, Ranch and Reata, Southwest Art, Western Art & Architecture, and Western Art Collector. He has twice been honored as the cover artist for Western Art Collector magazine and has also been featured on the cover of Art of the West.

Dean has won a number of awards at Eiteljorg Museum's Quest for the West Art Show and Sale, including the 2018 Henry Farny Award for Best Painting, the 2017 Artists’ Choice Award, and the 2016 Victor Higgins Award of Distinction for the Best Overall Body of Work. Other awards include the Gold Thunderbird Award (Best of Show) at the Maynard Dixon Country Invitational; the first ever Emerging Artist Award presented by Art and Antiques Magazine; and the Grand Prize and Artists’ Choice Award at the inaugural Tucson/Sonoran Desert Museum Plein Air Invitational.

Dean’s work is included in many national and International collections, and is in the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum’s permanent collection. Dean has had numerous sold out shows throughout his career, and expresses his gratitude for this attention to his work as, “very humbling and encouraging.”

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 him. While working in his studio, he 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; Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; and Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, California.
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