Using methods of burning wood that recondition the exterior while leaving its internal structure intact, Cleveland Dean has found a potent metaphor for his own life and the traumas that have helped shape him. This method, among others, underscores Dean’s interest in psychology, sociology, and philosophy. Each work that Dean makes embarks on addressing the complexities of everyday life, and how they change us.

His work has been displayed throughout Chicago, including Union League Club, Bridgeport Art Center, Maxwell Colette Gallery, McCormick Gallery, University of Chicago, and Chicago Cultural Center. Cleveland Dean works and lives in Chicago.



2015 | Apotheosis

Photograph courtesy of Nathaniel Smith Photographs

Photograph courtesy of Nathaniel Smith Photographs