Anyone know this piece?Jerry
Every Peter Dean art is unusual, but this may be moreso - the scene of a hippie funeral, the a cut-out of one subject's head projecting beyond the 4x5 foot canvas. Purchased from the Love Gallery in Chicago 10 years ago.
reproduction rightsRoxAnn Dicker
Does anyone have information on who to contact for reproduction rights for a work of art by Peter Dean?
Re: Eustac' desire to visit with Lori DeanPhilip Hult
I have Lori Dean's address from 3 years ago. I will write to her and ask if I can post it for you to contact her. Or better yet email me directly if ask/art can give this to you in feedback.
Remembering Peter DeanBob Eustace
Peter Dean and family were my next door neighbors back in the 60's in NYC. His son Greg and I met when we were about 3 yrs old. They were from my childhood perspective "the coolest people that I had ever met". Visiting their apartment was always a treat. There would always be the smell of oil paint and numerous canvases being worked on usually of "bachanalian revelries" or surrealistic landscapes. Their home also included old, ornate wooden trunks, artifacts from the American Southwest such as Indian blankets and animal skulls,lots of art books and plenty of National Geographic magazines. They would take me to the Cloisters, just inside Fort Tryon Park as well as the Metropolitan. I remember day trips to an outdoor BBQ and shooting arrows at a large target in the nearby
NYC park lands, lots of sleigh riding on the iced over concrete hill path that ran through the park,
studying a hoard of ancient coins that Peter had brought back from his travels in Europe. I especially enjoyed a long weekend trip with Peter and his family to a quiet, remote part of NY State that would serve as a type of seasonal art retreat and
studio. Later, I had found out that Peter had lost a lot of paintings (his own and his personal collection of other artist's works) in a barn fire that took place on the property. This as one could imagine was a devastating loss. In my personal later viewings of his art, I remember seeing small motifs of fire just starting to blaze in some unexpected areas of Peter's landscapes of trees and lakes.
As the 1960's closed, our family moved to Central NJ and that early time of poetry and adventure came to an end for me. During this time, I continued to maintain contact with Greg and his family. My time of growing up in NJ did eventually ferment with my own personal calling and gifting in art. Today I create sacred art utilizing an ancient icon format that is concerned largely with biblical subject matter, as well as architectural plans
of maps, ornate windows, church plans, gardens and
more esoteric abstractions.
I could go on,....So you see, Peter Dean was the most influential person in my life and from my early age, taught me that it was possible to live a truly alternative and beautiful lifestyle.
One day a few years ago, I found myself searching the internet for information on
Peter Dean. It didn't take me long to see after visiting a few websites, that Peter had indeed "passed away" in 1993, and this greatly saddened me. The last time that I saw him and Lori and Greg was at good size retrospective of his work. I had also bumped into Peter a number of times in my meanderings in downtown NY. That night Peter and I (to my surprise) had a brief argument about my attending SVA, in NYC to obtain an MFA degree in Painting. He simply could not accept the whole "art school" thing and he was practically livid with me for doing so.
I felt a bit hurt that night, but, that would be the last contact that we would ever have.
What has brought me tonight
to this website and all the other sites that mention Peter Dean, began with the initial small creation of an autobiographical paragraph on my early roots as an artist. This project has grown to over 3 pages now as I continue to find more information about Peter and as I add more of my own personal developmental experiences to my overall story.
Even now I feel as though I am searching for my most important influence and mentor. I would love to be able to just sit and talk with him, just one more time. I would love to talk
and visit again with his wife Lori and son Greg.
I wish to thank and honor Peter Dean, for all that he
has meant in shaping my life.
Influence from Peter DeanMelissa Sarat
When I was an MFA student at LSU in Baton Rouge in the '70's, Peter was a visiting artist and painted in the studio next to mine in the old Pan Hellenic Building. He was kind, polite and his work
was most powerful. I am now the age Peter was when he died, 54. I recently thought about him and about how I was so influenced by his work. I paint now, for many years, large-scale allegorical canvases. It has taken these many years to understand how much Peter's work influenced my own. You may see my work at New Orleans Table
I feel as if I have been visited by his spirit and feel a sense of lightness, that I am not insane. Thank you Peter,