Dean Dass: Venus and the Moon

9 November 2019 – 19 January 2020
Opening Reception, Sat., 9 Nov., 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Selected Works

    Venus and the Moon, 2019. Oil on linen, 54 x 84 inches sold

    Chub, 2019. Ink, pencil, pigments, acrylic, gold leaf on paper mounted on panel, 30 x 62 inches

    Fireflies, 2019. Oil on linen, 54 x 84 inches

    Chippewa Falls, 2019. Oil on linen, 54 x 84 inches

    West Leigh, 2019. Oil on linen, 45 x 54 inches

    Figure in Space, 2019. Acrylic, pigments, gold leaf on paper mounted on panel, 27.75 x 55 inches

    Bog Near Sault Ste. Marie, 2019. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

    Seven Clouds, 2019. Oil on linen, 46 x 72 inches

    Ivy Creek Near Garth Road, 2019. Oil on linen, 24 x 20 inches sold

    Venus and the Moon, 2019. Oil on linen, 20 x 28 inches Sold

    Stream into Youghiogheny, 2019. Oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches  Sold

    Figure in Space, 2019. Pigments, kaolin, gouache, acrylic, ink, gold leaf on paper mounted on wood panel, 38 x 75″

    Flower Blooming, 2019.  Ink, pigments, kaolin, marble, dust, gold leaf on paper mounted on panel, 34 x 75 inches

    Chippewa Falls, 2019. Oil on linen, 16 x 20 inches

    Etna Highlands, 2019. Oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches  Sold

    Whitefish Point U.P., 2019. Oil on panel, 24 x 20 inches

    Landscape with Explosion, 2019. Oil on linen, 15 x 11.25 inches

    Birch Near Superior, 2019. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

    Frozen Bog, Etna Highland, 2019. Oil on panel, 20 x 24 inches Sold

    Chippewa Falls, 2019. Oil on linen, 17.5 x 28.25 inches

    Axis Mundi, 2019. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

    Dean Dass and Jyrki Markkanen,Astronaut, 2009Pencil, gouache, collage, photogravure on paper, 13.5 x 8 inches, 18.5 x 14 inches framed Sold

    Dean Dass and Jyrki Markkanen,Standing Woman with Birds, 2009. Pencil, gouache, collage, photogravure on paper, 11.5 x 8.5 inches, 18.5 x 14 inches framed

     

    Red Cloud Drawing, 2017. Ink on paper, 13 x 9 inches, 18.5 x 14 inches framed  Sold

    Standing Man in Pink Cloud, 2007. Gouache, pencil, ink, and pigments on paper, 13.5 x 9.5 inches Sold

    Birds in Golden Clouds, 2019. Ink jet, mica, collage, gouache, gold leaf on paper. 11 x 14.5 inches

    Chub, 2018. Ink jet, mica, collage, gouache, gold leaf on paper, 17.5 x 23.75 inches  Sold

    Six Clouds, 2019. Gouache, collage, and pigments on paper, 11.5 x 8.25 inches

    Blue Cloud Drawing, 2017. Ink on paper, 13.5 x 9.5 inches  Sold

    Four Tents, 2019. Gouache, ink, and pigments on paper, 12.5 x 8.5 inches

    Bird on the Ground (c), 2019. Oil on canvas, 11 x 13 inches 

    Bird on the Ground (e), 2019. Oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches

    Bird on the Ground (b), 2019. Oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches

    Bird on the Ground (d), 2019. Oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches Sold

    Bird on the Ground (f), 2019. Oil on linen on board, 10 x 16 inches

    Bird on the Ground (a), 2019. Oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches Sold

    Bird on the Ground (g), 2019. Oil on canvas 10 x 12 inches

    Green Cloud, 2019.  Sold

  • Press Release

    Les Yeux du Monde is pleased to present Dean DassVenus and the Moon

    Les Yeux du Monde is honored to present for its final show of 2019, and to kick off 2020, the gallery’s 25th year, Dean DassVenus and the Moon. Dass, a well known and beloved professor printmaking at UVa since 1985 who has shown with the gallery since our beginning, is also known worldwide for his artistic innovations and contributions. In the past, he has gained inspiration from the Lapland north of Helsinki. For this show, he traveled north to the wilds of Northern Michigan and Ontario, places where Canada’s famous Group of Seven artists painted over a century ago. If the sublime paintings of the past celebrated vast vistas of nature and discovery (often accompanying colonization) his might focus on a bog or the forgotten riverbank monumentalized. He writes, “Rather than suggesting discovery, my paintings aspire to a kind of quiet and resolve; the view of eternity, to paraphrase the late Mary Oliver.” The resulting paintings are meditative and moving, evocative scenes of the power and mystery of nature minus human interference.

    In other monumental oils, such as Fireflies, Dass returns to his collages and prints of 25 years ago which were attuned to video games and sci-fi films. Historical consciousness is always present, whether in his contemplations about what it means to paint landscape today or in his musings on the recurrence of history from Alexander the Great’s days of empire building to our own.

    Also included will be some of Dass’s innovative large scale works on paper mounted on panel made with pigments, gold leaf, kaolin and more. In many of these pieces he introduces pink pigments inspired by prehistoric rock formations encountered on his Canadian sojourn. Some are microcosmically attuned to Chub fish in a river spawning golden new worlds or macrocosmically focused on the extraterrestrial—the moon and stars, figures in space.

    Dean Dass’s works have been included in numerous exhibitions in museums in Poland, Brazil, England, Finland, the Netherlands, Egypt, as well as in many university and private galleries here and abroad. He has been acknowledged in countless publications and through many fellowships and awards over the years. He has been a guiding light to his students at UVa since 1985 and to the Printmakers Left, a collaborative art making group of colleagues hailing from all parts of our country, with 4 art books now to its name.

    An accompanying brochure with essay by Sarah Sargent was supported in part by UVA Arts & the Office of the Provost & the Vice-Provost for the Arts.

    There will be an opening reception on Friday, November 9 from 4 – 6 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. Please check LYDM.co or email the gallery at LYDMGallery@gmail.com for more information.