About the Gallery
Thomas Deans Fine Art was established in 1983 and during the following decade became known as one of the leading American specialists in British art on paper from the great age of watercolor, 1750-1860. Since the turn of the century, the gallery has continually expanded its inventory and exhibitions to include an eclectic and varied presentation of modern and contemporary art in a variety of media by American and European artists, ranging from mid- and late-career masters of international reputation, such as British painter-sculptor-printmaker Christopher Le Brun and renowned American painter-illustrator Mark English, to emerging regional artists of exceptional talent.
Beginning in 2004, the gallery added contemporary photography to its exhibitions of works on paper. The gallery now offers photography, including gelatin-silver prints, analog c-prints, platinum/palladium prints, and digital format, by a select group of emerging and mid-career artists of regional and national reputation.
The gallery has also regularly exhibited the work from the estates of significant 20th-century artists, including British draughtsman Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948), Polish-born modernist Marek Zulawski (1908-1985), and beloved Scottish painter John Boyd (1940-2001). Other exhibitions have been devoted to the work of the great Sculptor-Printmaker Henry Moore (1898-1986), paintings by the brilliant but tragic British artist Cynthia Pell (1933-1977), etchings by Lucien Freud, Paula Rego, and Frank Auerbach, and drawings and watercolors by 19th-century masters George Richmond (1808-1896), David Cox, Sr. (1783-1859), and Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928).
Works from Thomas Deans Fine Art have entered a number of celebrated collections, such as Sir John Soane’s Museum and Gainsborough’s House, the Yale Center for British Art, and regional and local collections, including the High Museum of Art, Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University, the Georgia Museum of Art, and MOCA GA (Georgia) ; the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga (Tennessee); the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Alabama); the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and the Museum of Arts, St. Petersburg (Florida), and The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota..
Since 2011, the gallery has occupied premises on Miami Circle, one of Atlanta’s premier art and design districts.
Thomas Deans is the founder (1983) and president of Thomas Deans Fine Art and was co-founder of The Gallery Downstairs, London (1985-1997).
Mr. Deans has written and lectured extensively about the fine and performing arts, with projects for PBS, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York City Center for the Performing Arts, Cleveland, San Jose, Richmond, and Sacramento ballets, the Cummer Museum and Gardens, the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (Florida), the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Albany (Georgia) Museum of Art, the Florida Institute for Art Education, and Women's Art Journal, among others.
He has written chapters on British paintings/artists for The Catalogue of the Collection, St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts (1994) and Women Artists, by Margaret Barlow (1999). He currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the college of fine arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee..