Milo Gallery
Dean Styers
"Black & White & Read All Over"
May 26 - June 23 2007

Dean Styers Painting
"I Think The Book Was Better Than The Movie"
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 22 x 28", 2007

Dean Styers Painting
"Was It All So Wonderful Only Because It Was Brief And Stolen?"
Acrylic on Canvas, 48 x 36", 2007

"I'm Afraid I'm Going To Have To Ask You To Leave"
48 x 48", Acrylic on canvas, 2007

"Time Flies When You're Having No Fun As Well"
48 x 48", Acrylic on canvas, 2007

Dean Styers
The images in Dean Styers paintings may seem at first to be familiar, laden with nostalgia, but they are quickly off-set and complicated by the text which in overlaid on them. An innocent representation of a figure or object takes on an entirely new meaning with a few choice words. What results are paintings which are sometimes cynical, sometimes melancholy, and are always infused with a pop art inspired graphic sensibility.

Dean first received recognition for his artistic ability in the second grade, when his sculpture of a plastic squirrel with a rabbit fur tail won him first prize. Inspired by this early achievement, he attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. While in Boston, Styers made a name for himself creating record and magazine covers, t-shirt designs and posters for bands such as Aerosmith. His art shows in underground rock clubs gained attention in the local press which then led to showing in more traditional venues.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 1998, Styers has exhibited extensively including exhibitions at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, James Gray Gallery and Gallery 825, and is represented by McLean Fine Art. He has been shown at The Santa Monica Museum of Art, and will also be in the upcoming show at the Zimmer Museum, Show and Tell: The Art of Harmony. His work has been featured in several television shows, and in 2004, CAA commissioned Styers to paint portraits of the full cast of Oceans Eleven, and then a second commission for portraits of the executives and owners of the agency.

His work is included in numerous private collections throughout the US and Japan, and in several corporate collections as well, including the Cartoon Network. Dean Styers lives and works in Los Angeles.

Flavorpill LA, Issue 221, May 22-28, 2007

ART: Opening
Dean Styers: Black & White & Read All Over
Sat 5.26 (6-9pm) Milo Gallery (6130 Wilshire Blvd, 323.935.3662) map

Event Info
When you're being paid to produce gift portraits for the cast of Oceans Twelve, it's safe to say you've hit your stride. Hot off that special commission, painter Dean Styers tweaks his Barbra Kruger-meets-Lichtenstein angle tonight, moving away from the rainbow in a new, grayscale-only collection. (AT)

Note: This exhibition remains on display through Sat 6.23 (Tue-Sat: 11am-5pm).