Best known for his work on posters, logos and album covers for musicians, Roger Dean’s images for such bands as Yes, Budgie, Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and other bands, have become synonymous with early to mid-seventies progressive rock.
His paintings typically feature graceful stone arches, floating islands and organic habitats. Still active, he primarily works with watercolour paints, but many of his paintings make use of multiple media, including gouache, ink, enamel, crayon and collage. Says Dean, “I don’t really think of myself as a fantasy artist but as a landscape painter.”
In 2013, Dean filed a legal action in U.S. District Court New York claiming that film director James Cameron was inspired by 14 of his original images in the making of the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar. Dean sought damages of $50 million. Although the filmmakers admitted in court to being influenced by the artist’s work, Dean’s case was dismissed in 2014.