Dean's colorful work has depth and texture to it (hence the close up shot in the gallery below).
According to a website run by the artist’s son Dean described himself as “an interpreter of reality into fantasy and back again.” He was one of the lucky who escaped the Nazis, coming to the USA in 1938. He was also a geologist. His work can be bisected into two categories the open fantastical ones and others based on events. He was a big fan of parades and often painted those.
Find out more about the artist at the website, peterdeantheartist.com.
Grooms is a pop artist whose work usually deals with urban life--the more historical piece below isn't totally atypical. He was a dishwasher who also studied with Hans Hofmann. How many great artists studied with Hofmann?
Grooms was born in Nashville and attended both the Art Institute of Chicago and Peabody College (Nashville) before popping off to NYC to study at the New School for Social Research.