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Artist Bio
I have spent my entire life in and around the art world in one way or another. I am a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago where I studied drawing, illustration and painting. My paintings and drawings are represented by galleries in Michigan, Illinois, Utah and The Netherlands.

The last eight years or so I have really begun to develop three quite different bodies of work. That might seem difficult to manage, but the truth is that each direction I find myself going; landscape, abstraction, and figurative, I have found really support each other. I love to learn and experiment.

The abstract work that is created primarily as a collaboration with the Dutch/Israeli painter, Tali Farchi and with live musician has taught me to be open and to work in the moment. The immediacy of this way of working helps me when I paint my landscapes, since I paint primarily plain air, I need to be in the moment. My figurative work with the model keeps me drawing. In this way, each of these bodes of work do in fact inform each other.

In 2013, with Tali Farchi, I started the ArtisTTable, an international online art community that hosts themed online art exhibitions and other live events. Working with other artists in this way has really opened my eyes to some many new influences from around the world.
 
Selected Exhibitions:

2017

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)


2012
Painting Leelanau - Leland, MI, Group Show
Wake - Seeds Gallery - Traverse City, MI, Group Show
AES Gallery Show
- Orlando, Florida
The Colorboration Project - Chicago Loop Alliance, Collaboration with Tali Farchi

2011

Experimental Painting with Rick Neuhaus Drum Circle
and Tali Farchi
Mi Yodea / Shiviti Drummers - Northwestern University, Evanston, Tali Farchi
Chicago Modern Orchestra Project - Live painting with live music with Tali Farchi
ArtPrize 2011 - Collaborative live painting with music entry with Tali Farchi
Wet Paint Event - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, Group Show
Interpretations of Leelanau -
Old Art Building, Leland, Michigan, Group Show
East Meets West -
Murphy Hill Gallery, Chicago, IL, Group Show
The Colorboration Project - Chicago - Phantom Gallery, Chicago, IL Project with Tali Farchi

2010

Figure in Art Show - Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI Group Show
Arumim - Bat-Yam Festival - Bat-Yam, Israel - Two person show with Tali Farchi
Wet Paint Event - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, Group Show
L5- IQ Gallery - Zwolle, The Netherlands - Two person show with Tali Farchi
L5 - Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, Two person show with Tali Fachi

Miniatures in the Museum - Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show
AES Gallery Show -
Orlando, Florida
Live Painting with Live Music
 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 With Tali Farchi, / guest Wilbert de Joode
Live Painting with Live Music - Evanston, Illinois. With Tali Farchi, / guest Fulcrum Point New Music
Live Painting with Live Music - Chicago, Illinois. With Tali Farchi, / guest Wilbert de Joode

2009

Fifth Anniversary Show - Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI Group Show
Wet Paint Event - Water Street Gallery, Douglas, Michigan, Group Show
Miniatures in the Museum - Traverse City, Michigan - Group Show
Grand Opening Show - The Attic Gallery, Crown Point, IN Group Show
Live Painting with Live Music
- Windsor, Ontario Two Person Show
with Tali Farchi
Live Painting with Live Music - Traverse City, MI Two Person Show with Tali Farchi
Live Painting with Live Music - Toronto, Ontario Two Person Show with Tali Farchi
His, Hers, Theirs - Gallery Fifty, Traverse City, MI Two Person Show with Angela Saxon
April Salon - Ann Arbor, MI Two Person Show with Angela Saxon
Figure Show -  Winetrail Gallery, Suttons Bay, MI Group Show
Figure Addressed - Interlochen, MI Group Show
Clouds - Associates in Family Dentistry, Traverse City, MI Solo Show

2008
AES Gallery Show - Orlando, Florida
Mo(ve)ment Meets Musicians - Brooklyn, Two-person show with Tali Farchi
Mo(ve)ment Meets Musicians - Chicago, Two-person show with Tali Farchi
Mo(ve)ment Meets Musicians - Holland, MI, Two-person show with Tali Farchi
Live Painting wth Music - Golan Heights, Israel, Two-person show with Tali Farchi

2007
Overzee - Amsterdam, Two-person show with Tali Farchi
Insideout Gallery - Traverse City, One-man show
One Week in May - Traverse City, Group show

2006
Art and Design Gallery - Salt Lake City, One-man show
AES Gallery Show - Las Vegas, Nevada
One Week in May - Traverse City, Group show
Circus Circus - Suttons Bay, Michigan Artists Gallery group show
AWA Studio Tour - Group Show

On permanent exhibit, Hamburger University, Oakbrook, Illinois
See the Stars - Traverse City, One-man show
All Elvis Show - World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, Group Show
 
Other Artistic Endeavors:
• 2009 to present - Two Designing - Graphic design with studios in Michigan and The Netherlands.
• 2007 to present - Mo(ve)mentUSA, Producer/performer
• 2007 to present - Mo(ve)ment, performing art group from the Netherlands
• 2000 to present - Owner or the independent record label, 54º40' or Fight!
• 1998 to present - 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
 
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
Richard Diebenkorn, his approach to the paint and interpretation of shape
Egon Schiele, for his raw line quality
Philip Pearlstein, for his honesty with the human form
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
Wassily Kandinsky, for his powerful and colorful compositions
Vincent van Gogh, for his stoppable desire to paint
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, for his representation of light through color
Mary Cassatt, for her sensitivity with intimate subjects
Gustave Corbet, for his solidity of form
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, for his capturing of life as it happened
Frida Kahlo, for her self-portraits
Minerva Tichert, for her ability to tell a story with her gestural images