Chris Dean is a Detroit based artist specializing in the medium of lenticular printmaking. Dean's brightly colored work uses lenticular's unique capacity for illusion to create interactive compositions of depth and motion. The visually dense work prioritizes direct experience and focuses on the intersection of the recognizable and the unfamiliar. Dean is the owner of Midwest Lenticular Printing and exhibits widely in the U.S. and beyond.
Lenticular printmaking is a technique that produces illusionary qualities of depth and motion on a flat two dimensional surface. The effect is similar to holography but works through the use of a carefully designed surface overlay that directs imagery to a viewer's eyes in particular patterns. Lenticular has roots in stereoscopic imagery and shares much in common with 3D movies and Viewmasters but is best known for its free viewing of 3D. Its magical appeal has attracted a wide range of enthusiasts including the growing base of artists interested in exploring its unique qualities.