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Dean Reynolds is a friendly, easy to get along with American who paints by instinct surreal scenes from his vivid imagination. The paintings are a cross between the imagination of Salvador Dali and the genius of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Dean insists that he starts with only a basic sketch of the painting, scribbled on any available piece of paper as the idea hits him. From this each element in the painting develops as he paints it, and he has only a rough idea of how the finished section will look allowing his sub conscious creativity to guide his brush.

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Many things trigger this man’s inspiration, a face in the crowd, a picture in a magazine and the paintings of Thomas Gainsborough and Mark Ryden.

He has worked in stage set design in the theatre and also acting before turning his full attention to painting and Art School in Arizona.

Dean was the winner of the American Griffin Art prize 2014

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Myself and Dean at his showing at the Griffin Gallery in November

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