Gregory H. Deane
Gregory Deane's paintings grace numerous private and corporate collections. Deane's clients include sports figures, politicians, movie stars, lawyers, surgeons, authors, designers, and even royalty. Corporate clients include medical, real estate, and software establishments, as well as restaurants, retail stores, banks, and hotels---ranging from Nordstrom to Hewlett-Packard.
He held is first solo abstract show in 1977 in Honolulu, and has since had many showings of his critically acclaimed expressionist work, most recently a one-man exhibition at the Accademia delle Arti del Designo in Florence, Italy. Deane is the first American artist to be honored with a show at the Accademia, which was founded by Michelangelo.
Gregory Deane is a quintessential West Coast artist. He was born in Oregon and moved to California as a teenager. Even as a child he was fascinated with color arrangements and textures, and excelled at art from an early age, beginning with portraits and character studies. Design school later attracted him to San Francisco, and he began his working life in the design field. But all the while he painted, selling his paintings to clients who would buy them.
Deane specializes in abstract and nonobjective painting, where a brush stroke here or a rubbed or dabbed paint streak there might suggest different things to different viewers. With allusion and visual suggestion comes artistic meaning. "The emotion in my work often comes from somewhere deep down, and can speak to the inner part of each person," Deane believes. "I have certain things in mind when I create each piece, perhaps the emotion of joy or tranquillity when I choose my colors, or perhaps the influence of the Orient or an obscure European tradition when I layer in bits of paper or gold leaf. This is new art, but tradition is frequently there too."
In the spirit of abstraction, though, the viewer is free to interpret each piece as he or she wishes. "I've found," Deane says, "that a good painting is one you can internalize, one in which a given element or the work as a whole means something special to you---perhaps in ways you might not admit to another person."
Gregory Deane is a visual virtuoso whose every brush stroke breathes passion. "I strive for energy and generosity," the artist says. He applies paint generously, uses colors vividly, and his lines give a sense of movement that overflows with poetic emotion. Deanes work has always been passionate.
"My art, at its best, is a continuous process of discovery; sometimes headlong, sometimes introspective, but always on the move. A paintings open spaces are just as important as the areas of thickest paint," Deane says, "because they create energy that make the paintings thrive as a whole."