Royce Deans is a graduate from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he specialized in drawing, illustration and painting. His years in Chicago have defined much his art, and it shows: the expansive landscapes of both urban and rural Michigan are often at the heart of Royce’s paintings.
But while the local environment has shaped the base of his artwork, it is at the global level that Royce found the great altering inspiration. Over the past eight years, through his collaboration with Dutch-Israeli Tali Farchi, Royce has developed his abstract work. Together they have experimented with the connection between visual art and music, painting with- while inspired by- live musicians worldwide.
In that way, much of Royce’s work reflects on the ‘immediate’: how Plein-Air landscape painting reflects a visceral environment; how real-life model painting creates a sense of humanity; how painting to live-music echoes inspiration. His art has been showcased in galleries in Michigan, Illinois, Utah and the Netherlands. For more on his work, see here.