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The Bees and the Ants #1

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Dean Byington

Dean Byington creates intricate landscapes based on the graphic language of nineteenth-century illustrated books. The artist has described his approach as “horror vacui,” a fear or dislike of leaving empty space. The large amount of visual information may both repel and entice the viewer. The artist’s process is just as complex as his images. He begins by photocopying his own drawings, illustrations from books, and sometimes actual objects, adjusting them for scale. Then, he collages the imagery together and scans it, creating digital files. From these, he creates silkscreens, through which ink is transferred onto the surface of the canvas. Finally, he paints by hand onto the canvas in a manner that mimics the style of the printed images.
Dean Byington
(American, b. 1958)
The Bees and the Ants #1
Oil on linen
84 x 69 7/8 in. overall
Gift of Joseph Cunningham and Bruce Barnes in honor of the de Waart Family
Accession No.
United States


Leslie Tonkonow Artworks & Projects (New York, NY); 2005, acquired by Melva Bucksbaum; October 2018, sold by Christie''s (New York, NY) via auction [sale 16334, The Collection of Melva Bucksbaum: Post-War and Contemporary Art, Photographs and Prints, lot 531] to Joseph Cunningham and Bruce Barnes (Philadelphia, PA); 2018, gifted to Chazen Museum of Art

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