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United Kingdom 
born in 1944

Roger Dean (English Roger Dean) - English artist, creating works in the genre of "fantasy." The famous British artist, decorating fantastic paintings albums of legendary rock bands, began to collaborate with musicians in the late 1960s. The name "founder of intelligent fantasy" today hearsay also because of the “typically Dino” species in Cameron’s Avatar movie.

Active, Roger began his youth. After proper art education (Canterbury School of Art, Royal College of Art in London, architecture and design), Roger Dean began by creating pouf chairs that embrace any form of body, “science fiction” scenes with space pilots, and “Bosch” horror stories for the cover of the Gun group.
But very quickly the young artist came to create his own original art worlds. There, sailing fish ply space, islands soar in the sky, mushroom-shaped rocks grow in the water, and even elephants have ears-wings. Today, such fantasies in art may not be news - but largely due to Dean and several other “pioneers of style”.

Soon followed his first paintings for the rock band Yes, which was gaining popularity in the early 70s, and truly appeared legendary logoincluded in numerous textbooks and charts on design. Perhaps, precisely for this projectcreating fabulous philosophical epos, as well as for the solo albums of his participants, Roger did the greatest number of works.
Also popularDean's work for the Asia team - The hit supergraper was selling more albums. On account of the master also designed covers for the Uriah Heep, as well as many other teams.

Roger Dean paints "in the old fashioned way", a brush and paints-tempera, and the path of each painting - from notebooks with a mass of pencil sketches to a very large canvas. Yes, he makes photos of unusual rocks, looks through books-albums about nature, and his “signature” patterns and ornaments can be found on very real skins of tropical fish and butterfly wings. Here are just Dean - dragons, biorobots (painted before the computer era), and "living" coral thickets in the purple desert of another world.
The artist jokes that the “extraordinary sense of space”, which is noted by critics and the public, is dictated by the “burning” ordering dates. "I just do not have time to fill everything with a large number of objects!" - smiles Dean. Surely cunning: some work creates over the years, carefully thinking through the composition. “I began to paint my best work when my daughter was born. And the picture is not finished yet! ”- says the artist.

By the way, besides owls, lizards, tigers, fish and dragons, Roger Dean loves seals very much: so much so that when his pet ran its paws through the sky on a fresh work for yes, did not remove the "traces of crime" on the canvas! On digital images they are retouched, but in all the books and albums of Dean's paintings are the very hands that have already gone down in history.

Another facet of the artist's work is his architectural projects. Long before the movie "The Lord of the Rings" Dean, back in the 70s, he first created a model, and then a real round nesting "eco-house." Comparable, by the way, with the later created Palais Bulles - the former villa of Pierre Cardin near Cannes, built in 1989, according to the design of the famous Hungarian architect Antti Lovag.

Together with her daughter (Freya Dean - an artist), Roger Dean works from time to time to design performances. He also serves as a publisher: his company, Paper Tiger, specializes in albums on contemporary art, books with colorful illusions.

Author: Olga Potekhina

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