Alan Dean Artist

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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.  

Recently,  

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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