ILLUSTRATION WEST 53 HIGHLIGHTS JUDGES: GEORGANNE DEEN
Georganne Deen was born in Fort Worth Texas, she wrote poetry and prose from an early age with a Goya-esque eye for her subjects. At East Texas State University she belonged to a group of artists devoted to the experimental narrative, which included underground comics and their incendiary, highly nuanced documentation of human nature.
In 1980 Deen moved to Los Angeles to attend the California Institute of the Arts where the new age, glamour marketing, pulp illustrations and commercial graphics of all epochs coalesced with her own visual sensibilities. Reporting on the depths and heights of consciousness, where we’ve gone wrong, what’s holding up progress and the occasional glimpse of paradise, has been a constant project for Deen, one that doesn’t lend itself to formulas or processes. The results can be painstaking, messy affairs at times but they convey experiences charged with splendor and turmoil.
Deen has had solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, The MAC, Dallas, The Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand, Van Horn, Duesseldorf, BRAND 10 Fort Worth, group exhibitions include
LA County Museum of Art, The Drawing Center, NY, ENTWISTLE, London, The Aldrich Museum, Conn, Mary Boone, Villa Merkel, Esslingen Germany. She lives in Joshua Tree, California.