Artist Statement:

I work directly from the figure. Responding to a living, breathing model infuses life and
reality into my paintings. My ideals of balance, proportion and composition include the
space surrounding the figure – the negative space that pushes or pulls against the
model. An unassuming pose appeals to me, one that shares enough specificity to allow
the viewer to bring their own personal narratives into the work should they choose.

I graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and now work daily in my
Traverse City studio. I hold twice weekly figure drawing sessions that other artists are
welcome to come and study from the live model. I also teach drawing and painting from
my studio and am affiliated with Northwest Michigan College and Crooked Tree Arts
Center.

 

Selected Exhibitions:
2018  New Gallery/New Work - Glen Arbor Arts Center, Glen Arbor, MI - Invitational Group Show
2017  Here & There - Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City - 2 Person Show with Tali Farchi
2017  Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
2017  Cities, Like Dreams, Swamps Where Cedars Grow - The Provincial, Kaleva, MI - Group Show
2017  Landscapes by Royce Deans - Traverse City Country Club, Traverse City, MI - Solo Show
2017  The Art Mixer - Grand Traverse Distillery, Traverse City, MI - Group Show
2016  Great Big Little Black and White - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, MI - Group Show
2016  Art of Royce Deans - Traverse City Country Club, Traverse City, MI - Solo Show
2016  Worlds Turn - Richard App Gallery - Grand Rapids, Michigan
2016  Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
2015  Studio Opening Celebration - Leelanau Studios - Solo Show
2015  Figural - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, MI - Group Show
2015  Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
2015  Leland Air - Old Art Building - Leland, Michigan - Plein Air Event
2015  2LITTLE - ArtisTTable Groups Show - Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2015  Made With Heart - Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois - Group Show
2015  Human Nature - Urban Edge Gallery - Waukegan, Illinoiis
2014  Over the Lake and Through the Woods - Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois - Group Show
2014  Five 4 Three - Ledbetter Gallery,  Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show
2014  bluSamsara- JAZZoPERA, by Renee´ Baker, Chicago Modern Orchestra- Fulton St. Collective, Chicago, IL
2014  ArtPrize 2014 - Kitsch 2 Kunst - DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan 
2014  Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
2014  Leland Air - Old Art Building - Leland, Michigan - Plein Air Event
2014  Art Leelanau Group Show - Leland, MI
2014  LITTLE - ArtisTTable Groups Show - Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2014  bluSamsara- Modern Chamber Opera, by Renee´ Baker - Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Netherlands
2014  Art at the Opera - Traverse City Opera House - Group Show

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
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
Frida Kahlo, for her self-portraits