Stephen Dean ( born in 1968 in France ) is an American artist based in New York City, whose interest spans watercolor, video and installation. His time-based works and installations summon physiological and anthropological approaches to color. Often working from existing forms or events, Dean focuses on the immediacy of color and it’s ability to precede language and cultural codes. With a sense of exploration, his contemplative and immersive works engage the chromatic spectrum as a spatial and social matter.
Dean has exhibited nationally and internationally; notable museum exhibitions include “The Beautiful Game,” Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; “Shock of the News,” National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; “Les Maitres du Désordre,” Musée du quai Branly, Paris; “Double Down: Two Visions of Las Vegas,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; “Mouth Open, Teeth Showing: Major works from the True Collection,” Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and “Living with Duchamp” at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art gallery at Skidmore college, NY.
His works have been featured in the Whitney Biennial, the Seville Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the 51st Venice Biennial, SITE Santa Fe Biennial, and the Moscow Biennial.
In 2014, Rice University Public Art commissioned him a permanent installation for the Anderson Clarke Center for Continuing studies. In 2017 Dean completed a 70′ permanent wall installation, titled “Crosswords” commissioned by the Percent for Art/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs for a public school in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, he received the Peter S. Reed foundation grant.