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Quest for the West artist Glenn Dean

by The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Aug 26, 2016

Dean 2016

Glenn Dean

Born 1976 in Torrance, California; lives in Cambria, California

Canyon Outlet
2016, oil, 24 x 24 inches

In Canyon Outlet, I found the rock patterns and big silhouetted shapes interesting. I contrasted the ascending rider against the dark mass of the canyon wall but also wanted to allow the rider become a part of the patterns of rocks and shrubs along the sunlit slope, attempting to create harmony between rider and landscape.


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.” 

A largely 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 that intrigues Dean.

Dean paints on location throughout the Southwest, dividing his time between deserts, mountains, and coastal subjects. Time in the field and time in the studio are equally important to him. While working in his studio, Dean is able to paint larger compositions worked from field studies and other references. He and his work have appeared in several national magazines and won a number of awards. Dean lives in his native state of California on the Central Coast.

Notable Awards and Achievements

2013       Maynard Dixon Country Invitational, Gold Thunderbird Award (Best of Show)
2003       Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Plein Air Invitational, Grand Prize and Artists’ Choice Award
2001       Art and Antiques Magazine, Emerging Artist Award

Gallery Representation

The Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson, Wyoming
Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Culver City, California
Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, Arizona, and Santa Fe, New Mexico
landscapesofthewest.com

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