It is said (mostly by artists) that the Naive style is enjoying a resurgence. With this current endowment of ‘naivety’ comes a stern eye for seemingly lack of skill; as Graham Fransella puts it “skill the eye, skill the hand”. As one is embraced, another slips away. While Dean’s expression certainly embodies the style, there’s nothing naive about Dean’s methodology. Huge smiling faces and animal characters belie a great ability to render complex narratives to warm and accessible works. Dean sports a head of hair that reminds me of the brush on a Trojan’s helmet and is central to many of his fabulous 2d-from-3d Bronzes.