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Bryan Dechter - Fine Artist

Bryan Dechter

Zionville, NC - United States

 
 
 

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Bryan Dechter

Zionville, NC - United States

Bryan Dechter - Fine Artist

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About Bryan Dechter

My love and passion for making art began as a toddler. During adolescence I drew primarily portraits—from images I found in magazines, posters and so on—in pencil, charcoal and ball-point pen. My main influence early on was Rembrandt, and my drawings of that time reflect that dramatic light and earthy ambiance.

I began “serious” painting at age eleven, influenced by impressionists and my own grandfather’s plein air landscapes. In high school, my drawing became more exact and detailed—a kind of fantasy surrealism akin to Escher, Dali and Roger Dean. Toward the end of high school, while taking illustration and life drawing classes simultaneously, my drawing began to loosen up, and the gesture took on more importance. This primed me for my plunge into abstract expressionism and outdoor oil painting when I entered college. My new foci then were landscapes and abstracts, though I continued my life drawing too, and worked in other media such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic, brush and ink. I discovered monotypes, and I created a series of teapots inspired by the monotypes of my then-teacher Don Weygandt.

My focus later shifted to Africa, Asia and Native America. My landscapes became more colorful, full of pattern and design, especially after a trip to Guatemala in 1988. Around this time I also made a conscious choice to explore the unconscious—the dreamtime—exploring images often inspired by native masks and other imagery from aboriginal traditions.

These quite diverse interests have fed my art, in overlapping cycles. From plein air landscapes, to abstract expressionism, to portraiture, to fantasy illustration, to aboriginal art, I have tried to keep all options open, and approach each piece with all these visual dialects at my disposal, including—more recently—the digital realm, incorporating photography and digital illustration as part of my creative repertoire, sometimes in combination.

One common thread throughout all of my work is an attempt to combine earthiness and elegance, organic exploration and a respectful nod to classicism. I continue synthesizing and celebrating all these ways and means of expression in which I’ve reached some degree of fluency over the years.

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Elements 3 - Earth Dance by Bryan Dechter
 

Elements 3 - Earth Dance by Bryan Dechter

Elements I - Dream Toys by Bryan Dechter
 

Elements I - Dream Toys by Bryan Dechter

Elements II - Emergence by Bryan Dechter
 

Elements II - Emergence by Bryan Dechter

Morning in the Urban Marsh by Bryan Dechter
 

Morning in the Urban Marsh by Bryan Dechter

Pagan Avatar by Bryan Dechter
 

Pagan Avatar by Bryan Dechter

Shapeshifter by Bryan Dechter
 

Shapeshifter by Bryan Dechter

Walk in Beauty Walk in Balance by Bryan Dechter
 

Walk in Beauty Walk in Balance by Bryan Dechter

Radiant Heart by Bryan Dechter
 

Radiant Heart by Bryan Dechter

Coyote by Bryan Dechter
 

Coyote by Bryan Dechter

Medicine Mask II by Bryan Dechter
 

Medicine Mask II by Bryan Dechter

Medicine Mask I by Bryan Dechter
 

Medicine Mask I by Bryan Dechter

All My Relations by Bryan Dechter
 

All My Relations by Bryan Dechter

Jesus by Bryan Dechter
 

Jesus by Bryan Dechter

Monk by Bryan Dechter
 

Monk by Bryan Dechter

Alphonse Mouzon by Bryan Dechter
 

Alphonse Mouzon by Bryan Dechter

A Curious Point of View by Bryan Dechter
 

A Curious Point of View by Bryan Dechter

Lorenzo and His Dog by Bryan Dechter
 

Lorenzo and His Dog by Bryan Dechter

They Shared a Secret by Bryan Dechter
 

They Shared a Secret by Bryan Dechter

Mark Twain by Bryan Dechter
 

Mark Twain by Bryan Dechter

Price Park I by Bryan Dechter
 

Price Park I by Bryan Dechter

Price Park II by Bryan Dechter
 

Price Park II by Bryan Dechter

Mysterious Door by Bryan Dechter
 

Mysterious Door by Bryan Dechter

Blue Wall by Bryan Dechter
 

Blue Wall by Bryan Dechter

Minor Revelation II by Bryan Dechter
 

Minor Revelation II by Bryan Dechter

Minor Revelation I by Bryan Dechter
 

Minor Revelation I by Bryan Dechter

Capitola Bridge by Bryan Dechter
 

Capitola Bridge by Bryan Dechter

Haworth England by Bryan Dechter
 

Haworth England by Bryan Dechter

Ashland Barn by Bryan Dechter
 

Ashland Barn by Bryan Dechter

Spring Grotto by Bryan Dechter
 

Spring Grotto by Bryan Dechter

Stone Family II by Bryan Dechter
 

Stone Family II by Bryan Dechter

Surfacing by Bryan Dechter
 

Surfacing by Bryan Dechter

Crashing Wave by Bryan Dechter
 

Crashing Wave by Bryan Dechter

Blue Dragon by Bryan Dechter
 

Blue Dragon by Bryan Dechter

Freeway Overpass I by Bryan Dechter
 

Freeway Overpass I by Bryan Dechter

Freeway Overpass II by Bryan Dechter
 

Freeway Overpass II by Bryan Dechter

Puddle Shoreline by Bryan Dechter
 

Puddle Shoreline by Bryan Dechter

Idyllwild Grottos Magic Boulders I by Bryan Dechter
 

Idyllwild Grottos Magic Boulders I by Bryan Dechter

Where the Depths Begin by Bryan Dechter
 

Where the Depths Begin by Bryan Dechter

Gapstow Bridge by Bryan Dechter
 

Gapstow Bridge by Bryan Dechter

Topographic Sunrise by Bryan Dechter
 

Topographic Sunrise by Bryan Dechter

Above Palm Springs by Bryan Dechter
 

Above Palm Springs by Bryan Dechter

Rite of Passage by Bryan Dechter
 

Rite of Passage by Bryan Dechter

Taming the Sound Horses by Bryan Dechter
 

Taming the Sound Horses by Bryan Dechter

Vahatdoop by Bryan Dechter
 

Vahatdoop by Bryan Dechter

Ascension by Bryan Dechter
 

Ascension by Bryan Dechter

Antigua Rooftops by Bryan Dechter
 

Antigua Rooftops by Bryan Dechter

Corn and Beans by Bryan Dechter
 

Corn and Beans by Bryan Dechter

La Plaza Antigua Guatemala by Bryan Dechter
 

La Plaza Antigua Guatemala by Bryan Dechter

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