Focal Point Artwork for Fine Homes, Businesses, & Public Places since 1981

‘Seal Moon Rising’ – Heat tinted steel engraving made for Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. 12′ W x 5.5′ H

Jeffrey H Dean

A lone polar bear and an arctic fox watch stealthily as a seal rises under it's breathing hole in this layered steel and wood relief.

I’ve been making sculpture and wall art professionally since the late ’70s. My ability to work equally well in a wide range of materials and styles allows me to create work that integrates with its setting and compliments the surrounding architecture.

Large wood and metal wall art of a fishing bear with the sun shining from behind on rock chimney wall.

Though you’ll find my organic style reflected throughout all of these media, there is one aspect of my work which is distinctive.

Over the last 30 years, I’ve been developing a technique I use to make my single and multi-layer metal and wood wall art.

I create this unique style of decor by engraving and grinding designs into shapes cut from sheet steel using carefully chosen abrasives to define and model the forms, develop a sense of depth, and suggest movement.

A happily breaching humpback whale interrupts a seagull's evening meal in this layered steel and wood relief.

The heat tints are produced with a large torch and are integral to the surface of the metal, coloring but not covering the grinding patterns.

This innovative technique produces pieces with dynamic visual effects that change with the light and your viewing angle. 

The interplay on the metal’s surface of variations in natural and artificial lighting gives them a range of characteristics not found in art made in other materials. 

It takes a two-dimensional work beyond the limitations of a static viewport, transforming it into one with rich and varied characters.

This video will give you a sense of the dynamic quality of the surface treatment.

A lone polar bear and an arctic fox watch stealthily as a seal rises under it's breathing hole in this layered steel and wood relief.
Large wood and metal wall art of a fishing bear with the sun shining from behind on rock chimney wall.
The life cycle of sockeye salmon is depicted in this engraved steel wall art.
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Sampling of Jeff and Ranja Deans sculptures for sale.

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Fireplace mantle and pierced cherry relief of hiking mountain man and raven.

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"He exceeded the expectations of all involved in the project."

• Through Your Spotting Scope

"Jeff Dean was a pleasure to work with and provided an exceptional piece of artwork months ahead of schedule.

His website was used to provide real-time updates, detailing every step of the process. 

I was most impressed with his ability to collaborate with the client and design artwork which synergized with the vision and purpose of the Interpretive Center facility. 

He exceeded the expectations of all involved in the project."

Jeff Dean stands beside Through Your Spotting Scope, recently installed at teh new Kesugi Ken Interpretive Center.
Eric Hershey, P.E.
Project Manager
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities
"My family and I have come to treasure this work not only for its beauty but for what it has evolved over time to represent in our Alaskan home. "

• Denali Table

"My family and I have enjoyed the beautiful creativity of Jeff Dean's artistic production in our home for nearly 20 years. This has been in the form of the "Denali Table" which depicts various Alaskan wildlife pictured on iron set over a gorgeous wood table with metal coasters set around the table's periphery depicting the "foot prints" of all the pictured wildlife. This piece has been the topic of so many joyful conversations and memories and truly has forged lifetime memories for so many. I value this piece more than any other work of art in our home. My family and I have come to treasure this work not only for its beauty but for what it has evolved over time to represent in our Alaskan home. Thank you so much Jeff for sharing your gift with all of us!"

Denali National Park; the mountains, rivers, animals and animal tracks. Engraved steel sawblade with heat tints.
Jim Tamai MD,
Fairbanks, AK
"The sculpture was better than we imagined it would be"


• At the Breathing Hole

"We commissioned Jeff Dean and Creative Fires studio to create a sculpture for our entryway. Jeff sat down and discussed the possibilities with us. We decided to have him create “At the breathing hole” to be done with a combination of wood and steel.

We can’t believe how wonderful it turned out. The sculpture was better than we imagined it would be. Jeff sent us pictures throughout the process so we could “watch” it being created and also invited us to his workshop to see the progress.

We highly recommend Jeff for any work you wish done. His talent and creativity are amazing and we are extremely pleased with the work he has done for us."

A lone polar bear and arctic fox watch silently as a seal rises to it's breathing hole in this layered steel and wood relief.
Keith and Melissa Kenaston
Owners, Crane's Rest B&B
"He came by the house, and after discussing themes and commenting on the beautiful masonry job, he came up with a design that complimented the stone work rather than hiding it."

• Mountain Man w/ Raven

"I met Jeff at Art in the Park in Blowing Rock. He had an impressive portfolio, and as I'd recently built a new home in Linville, I asked him to design a wall sculpture for the tall stone fireplace. He came by the house, and after discussing themes and commenting on the beautiful masonry job, he came up with a design that complimented the stone work rather than hiding it. It is a beautiful piece and was a special part of the house. I enjoyed it for many years, and now, 20 plus years later, the family that currently owns the house comments on it often."

Fireplace mantle and pierced cherry relief of hiking mountain man and raven.
John Blackburn
Manager, Eeseola Lodge
Linville, NC
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