Roger Dean is an internationally renowned artist and designer famed for his album cover designs, posters, books, his revolutionary publishing companies, Dragon’s Dream and Paper Tiger, his eco-architectural furniture and stage design, and his typefaces and logos. He is especially well-known for his relationship with the progressive rock band Yes, whose albums have sold millions of copies, placing Dean’s art in the hands of fans of their music and his amazing art all over the world. He has designed their album covers since the 1970s.
Dean attended Canterbury College of Art between 1961-1965 and received his National Diploma in Design (NDD). He then went to the Royal College of Art between 1965-1968 and received a first for his Master’s Degree (M.Des.RCA) and a silver medal, “For Work of Special Distinction.” His thesis was titled The Psychology of the Built Environment. His research formed the basis for his architectural designs. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have acquired two original “Yes” logo paintings, six sketches, and 11 of his album covers and record labels. While Dean was a student, he designed his “Sea Urchin” chair, which was exhibited at the Design Centre in London. Now it is permanently owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
In 2002, Dean was awarded an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Academy of Art University. In 2009, the Arts The Institute of Bournemouth conferred an Honorary Fellowship upon him. In 2013, he received a Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Over 60 million copies of Roger Dean’s images have been sold around the world in the form of album covers, posters, cards, calendars, and books. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world, including the Royal Academy, the Royal College of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Cultural Centre in New York, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In 2010, the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum in Seoul Korea held a major retrospective.
Dean’s paintings are so popular that there are three volumes chronicling his work: “Views” (1975), “Magnetic Storm” (1984), and “Dragons Dream” (2008).
His work has inspired generations of young men and women who have become professional designers and artists.