Alan Dean Artist

About

Contact

www.alandeanartist.com

alandean@alandeanartist.com

Alan

Dean

is

an

artist

best

known

for

his

Black

art

prints

and

reproduction

relating

to

Africa,

African

Americans,

and

Caribbean

people

and

culture.

“Being

an

African

American

myself,

I

am

more

comfortable

with

presenting

my

perspective

on

Afro-Americana,

if

there is such a word.”

“I

respect

the

artists

involved

in

abstract

art,

but

I

would

prefer

to

present

life

without

distortion,”

said

Alan

Dean.

Along

with

aesthetics, I would rather have a message, too.”

“I

am

unknown

to

most

people

as

an

artist

today,

but

I

have

been

creating

my

artwork

since

the

mid-1970s.

Early

in

my

art

career,

I

had

the

honor

of

presenting

a

drawing

I

did

of

Muhammad

Ali

to

him

that

he

hung

in

his

training

camp

in

Deer

Lake

Pa

until

it

closed.

Furthermore,

I

was

fortunate

to

have

visited

Muhammed

Ali

’s

training

camp

on

a

few

occasions

where

I

had

an

opportunity

to

set

and

talk

with

him

privately

about

my

art.

“In

the

mid-1980s,

I

was

blessed

to

participate

in

an

art

show

in

Dakar

Senegal,

West

Africa

with

a

large

group

of

other

African

American

artists

from

the

United

States.

Also,

in

the

late

1980s,

I

was

happy

to

see

several

of

my

drawings

posted

on

the

walls

in

the

man’s

dormitory in Spike Lee’s movie school daze.

I

am

originally

from

Baltimore

Md.,

but

I

have

traveled

to

and

lived

in

several

states

in

the

United

States

over

the

years.

Eventually,

I

ended

up

moving

to

the

Caribbean

where

I

lived

for

over

a

decade.

While

there,

I

produced

several

of

the

drawings

that

you

see

on

my

website.

While

in

the

Caribbean

I

was

also

blessed

to

pursue

my

other

love,

which

is

singing.

I

billed

myself

as

The

Soul

Singer,

and

I

entertained

tourists

visiting

the

island

I

was

living

at

the

time.

Recently,

I

spent

a

year

in

Southeast

Asia

where

I

spent

time

traveling

to

a

few

places

in

the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

I

enjoyed

my

traveling

very

much,

and

I

have

seen

some

beautiful

places

and

met

some

fascinating

people.

However,

everywhere

I

have

been

I

found

that

the

people

had

more

problems

than

what

we

have

in

the

United

States.

Eventually,

I

concluded

that

there

is

no

safe

refuge

from

the

issues

that

are

plaguing

our

world

today.

I

then

decided

to

move

back

to

the

United

States

and

strive

to

help

make

a

difference

here that will set a better example for the world.”

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