Alan Dean Artist

About

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.

A

few

years

ago,

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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