Alan Dean Artist

About Artist

Alan Dean Artist
My   name   is   Alan   Dean   and   I   am   an   African   American   artist   and   even   though   I   am   unknown   to   most   of   you   I   have   been   doing   my   art since   the   mid-1970s.   My   drawings   were   on   the   walls   in   the   men’s   dorm   in   Spike   Lee’s   movie   School   Daze .   I   probably   would   be   just   as well   known   as   the   top African American   artist   today   if   I   had   signed   up   with   one   of   the   many   Publishing   Companies   that   were   marketing black   art   to   most   galleries   since   the   early   1980s.   I   talked   to   several   of   these   art   publishing   companies   when   they   first   went   into   business, but   I   declined   doing   business   with   them. All   the   art   publishing   companies   that   I   spoke   to   were   only   willing   to   give   the   artist   10%   made from selling their artwork to the galleries, and I decided that their offer was unfair. 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,   enjoying   the   beautiful   people   and   places   down   there.   While   there,   I produced   several   of   the   drawings   that   you   see   on   my   website,   and   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   resorts,   hotels   and   restaurants   on   the   island   I   was   living   at   the   time.   If you would like to hear my singing and see a few of my videos from the islands you can click my singing tab. In   the   1980s   I   was   blessed   to   participate   in   an   art   show   in   West Africa   with   many   other African American   artists,   and   recently,I   spent   a year   in   Southeast   Asia   where   I   spent   time   traveling   throughout   the   Philippines,   Cambodia   and   Vietnam.   I   enjoyed   my   traveling   very much   and   I   have   seen   some   beautiful   places   and   met   some   fascinating   people   but   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   problems   that   is plaguing our world, I then decided to move back to the United States and strive to make a difference here.