Dean Kugler

b. 1970, Rock Island, IL

Dean Kugler is an artist that focuses on the beauty he finds within our species. He has always been motivated by the human figure and intricacies associated with it. There is a shared experience between the artist and the viewer that better allows the artist to convey thoughts, feelings and emotions than with any other subject matter. Additionally, Kugler uses scale and the juxtaposition of disparate elements in order to engage and challenge the viewer. He combines elements such as strength and weakness or beauty and damage to be experienced simultaneously within the same piece of work to create a tense energy. Kugler also incorporates the technical skill of tight rendering with the dynamism of abstraction to create this energy to add additional excitement and intrigue to his aesthetic.