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Artist Bio:

Born of parents that understood the important roll that art plays in society and how crucial exposure and participation in it is to the development of a young person.

I was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago with access to museums and concert halls of every variety. Graduating from the American Academy of Art in Chicago gave me the foundations to build a life in the arts.

Moving to Traverse City some thirty years ago set my art on a wonderful trajectory. I count each artistic endeavor I have embarked on as a rich experience that has shaped the artist I am today.

Living in such an incredibly beautiful place the landscape has of course become an overwhelming source of inspiration. My background and interest in figurative work mixed with what I have gained from painting my local surroundings on location help me to realize I am finding new answers daily.

My love for teaching and for art has allowed me to travel far and wide. I feel so fortunate that my artwork has made it possible to work in many of the countries of Western Europe and Israel presenting classes, workshops and retreats.

More recently, I am fascinated by how I am less interested in any particular subject in my work. It’s less about representation of a subject and much more about the experience surrounding a specific subject.

Life, with all of its ups and downs, is very good.


Selected Exhibitions:

2019
many - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, Solo Exhibition

Figure Show - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan - Group Gallery Show
NW Michigan Regional Salon des Refusés 2019 - Leelanau Studios, Traverse City, Group Show


2018
Figures from Life - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, Solo Exhibition

Pulse - Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, OH, Group Show
Reconnect - Gardner Center for the Arts, Miller Beach, Gary, IN, Group Show

Royce Deans - Center Gallery, Glen Arbor, MI - Solo Exhibition

Irregular Symmetry of Pattern - Wright Gallery, Northport, MI - Group Gallery Show

Spring Show - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, MI - Group Gallery Show

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
Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
Cities, Like Dreams, Swamps Where Cedars Grow - The Provincial, Kaleva, MI - Group Show
Landscapes by Royce Deans - Traverse City Country Club, Traverse City, MI - Solo Show
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
Art of Royce Deans - Traverse City Country Club, Traverse City, MI - Solo Show
Worlds Turn - Richard App Gallery - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show

2015
Studio Opening Celebration - Leelanau Studios - Solo Show
Figural - BLK MRKT, Traverse City, MI - Group Show
Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
Leland Air - Old Art Building - Leland, Michigan - Plein Air Event
2LITTLE - ArtisTTable Groups Show - Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Made With Heart - Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois - Group Show
Human Nature - Urban Edge Gallery - Waukegan, Illinois

2014
Over the Lake and Through the Woods - Re-invent Gallery, Lake Forest, Illinois - Group Show
Five 4 Three - Ledbetter Gallery,  Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show
bluSamsara- JAZZoPERA, by Renee´ Baker, Chicago Modern Orchestra- Fulton St. Collective, Chicago, IL
ArtPrize 2014 - Kitsch 2 Kunst - DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
Leland Air - Old Art Building - Leland, Michigan - Plein Air Event
Art Leelanau Group Show - Leland, MI
LITTLE - ArtisTTable Groups Show - Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan
bluSamsara- Modern Chamber Opera, by Renee´ Baker - Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Netherlands
Art at the Opera - Traverse City Opera House - Group Show

2013
Down on the Farm - Gallery Fifty - Group Show
ArtPrize 2013 - Van der Wouden - Deans Family Portraits
Painting Leelanau - Old Art Building, Leland, MI - Group Show
Art Leelanau Group Show - Leland, MI
Fishtown Invitational Paint Event - Main Street Gallery - Leland, MI
Live Painting with Reneé Baker Chamber Ensemble with Tali Farchi, App Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI - Two person show with Tali Farchi
Temple Emanuel, Grand Rapids, MI Live painting w/ live music (GR Jewish Cultural Council)

Classes Taught:

Painting Expressively with Acrylics: Interpreting the Landscape - Old Art Building, Leland, MI
Figure in the Landscape - Glen Arbor Arts Association, Glen Arbor, MI
Painting with Gouache - Palet Zwolle Kunstenaars, Zwolle, The Netherlands
Finding Abstraction in Tel Aviv - ArtisTTable Workshop, Tel Aviv, Israel
Painting Authentic Abstraction - Crooked Tree Arts Center, Traverse City, MI
Painting the Figure in the Landscape - Palet Zwolle Kunstenaars, Zwolle, The Netherlands
Introduction to Figure Drawing - Northwest Michigan College Extended Ed., Traverse City, MI
Figure Drawing II - Northwest Michigan College Extended Ed., Traverse City, MI
Painting the Figure Expressively - Royce Deans Studio, Traverse City, MI
Painting with Intention - Royce Deans Studio, Traverse City, MI
Bring Life to Still Life - Royce Deans Studio, Traverse City, MI
Still Life is NOT Dead: Painting in Acrylic, Royce Deans Studio, Traverse City, MI
Various Plein Air workshops on ArtisTTable Art Retreats

Gallery Representation:

Water Street Gallery - Douglas, Michigan
Hudson Gallery - Sylvania, Ohio
AES Gallery - Chicago, Illinois

Other Artistic Endeavors:

• 2013 to present - ArtisTTable - International Art Retreats / Artist Community / Art Exhibitions
• 2009 to 2012 - Two Designing - Graphic design with studios in Michigan and The Netherlands.
• 2007 to 2012 - Mo(ve)mentUSA, Producer/performer
• 2007 to 2012 - Mo(ve)ment, performing art group from the Netherlands
• 2000 to 2007 - Owner or the independent record label, 54º40' or Fight!
• 1998 to 2007 - publisher and producer of Copper Press, a journal styled publication that covers art and independently produced music.
• 1994 to 1998- publisher and producer of Pøk Magazine, an indie zine covering snowboarding, skateboarding and music.
• 1990 to 1992 - Owner of Arms of Venus Art Gallery, in Traverse City, Michigan. Represented 30 local artists
• 1983 to present - McDonald's Corp., painting art work for the company's corporate collection
• 1986 to present - Freelance Designer
• 1983 to 1986 - Co-Owner/Designer, Technigraphix, LaGrange, IL

Education:

• 1979 to 1982 - American Academy of Art - Illustration and Design, Chicago, IL