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©Louis M. Brill 2012

Website by Dean Gustafson

Dean Gustafson is an illustrator, painter and a student of the galactic sphere. He was the Photoshop image wrangler who collaborated with author Louis M. Brill in the Sacred Destination book design— and in a few instances, the image composition.

Dean Gustafson
As an illustrator, I take my artistic inspiration from everywhere; the observational world, the imagination, and dreams. My art is sometimes about capturing some of those magical moments and putting them on paper and canvas, in the form of illustration (pen and/or pencil on paper), painting (oil and canvas) —and for less traditional media (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator), I use the computer as another canvas of creation.

Working with Lumia is very fascinating; to see something that looks like a painting, but was only created with light in its pure form. The exciting thing about Lumia is its shape-shifting visual presence, where every time you look at that image you see something different. However people view a Lumia, the intriguing quality of the experience is that the viewer can either appreciate it as an abstract image for its own sake, or seek out an interpretive composition that offers a "meaningful" picture of something.

As for my interest in observing the deep sky, it comes from a life-long pursuit of astronomy and studying the surrounding heavens as “up close and personal” as possible through my own home-built Dobsonian telescope (with a 12.5” mirror). I may be viewing something millions of miles away within our own solar system, or millions of light years beyond our own galaxy, but I find it very intimate studying the universe first hand, and seeing age-old cosmology in a “live” state and “out” of time. Whether my work is with light being represented on my canvas or watching it through the cosmic sphere with my telescope, this is a point when my observations of light see a very attractive, romantic glow that emerges out of the surrounding darkness of deep space.

Originally I am from Minneapolis, having attended the Minneapolis College of Art & Design from 1982-84. I first moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, having received my BFA in Painting and Drawing from the Academy of Art College in 1990, and have continued to paint, illustrate and exhibit work ever since. Currently I'm the instructor of Digital Tools (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and Art History at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.