Dean Mars, sculptor, was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Independence, Missouri.
attended the University of Missouri before serving in the Korean War. After
the war, he attended the University of Virginia and earned his Master of
Fine Arts degree at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Mars has lived in Santa Barbara, California since 1980.
2001- Coral Casino, Alabaster Sculpture Exhibition, Montecito, California
1999- Coral Casino, Photography and Glass Sculpture Exhibition, Montecito, California
1997- Palm Desert Gallery, Palm Desert, California
1995-97- Eyes on You Gallery, Montecito, California
1996 - Hunter Unlimited Gallery, Montecito, California
1994 - Cutter Motors Mercedes Benz, Santa Barbara, California
1994 - Ocean gallery, Santa Barbara, California
1993 - In Bloom Orchid Gallery, Montecito, California
1992-93 - Art gallery Originals, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
1992-93 - The Montecito Collection, Summerland, California
1990-92 - Sculpted jewelry and marble sculpture-Bryant & Sons Ltd., Santa Barbara, California
1987- Art Gallery Originals, Winston-Salem, North Carolina-Sculptures in Bronze
1985-87 - Foxworth gallery, New York City
1985 - Two man show - Foxworth Gallery, New York City
1984 - Sculpted Jewelry Exhibition, Santa Barbara, California
1984 - Baumerder/Brown Gallery, Denver, Colorado
1983 - Shidoni Gallery - 9th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Show, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1982 - One man show - Bank of Montecito, Santa Barbara, California
1979-80 - In Studio Exhibition, Malibu, California
1979-80 - Sculpture teacher, Carden School, Malibu, California
1978 - "Tentative," Bronze Sculpture, exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia
1978 - Group Show - Bodley Gallery, New York City
1977- One Man Show - Bodley Gallery, New York City
1974 - Studied sculpting in Carrara, Italy
1971-73 - Assistant professor of Sculpture, Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1971- One Man Show - Galleria Aristos, Mexico City
1970 - One Man Show - Galleria Villa Roma, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1968-73 - MFA in Sculpture at the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1965-68 - Studied art and design in Washington, D.C. and at the University of Virginia
Photographs of Mars' sculptures have been used on the covers of three books:
"The Wisdom of Being Human," by Jean Lanier, Integral Publishing Co.,1989
"Jung-Hesse-Harold, Contributions to a Spiritual Psychology," by Winifred Babcock, Dodd, Mead Publshers, 1983
"Life Is A Shared Creation," by Paul Brenner, M.D., DeVorss & Company, Publishers,1981
Birth, nurturing, spiritual awakening and love are recurrent themes
in the work of Montecito artist Dean Mars.
By TISHA ROTH "MONTECITO LIFE" February, 7 1991
Montecito artist Dean Mars has an evocative surname. Its single syllable calls forth allusions to art, history, literature, astronomy and ancient deities.
The name is a pleasant fit for a sculptor whose smooth stone carvings seem to have sprung seamlessly from a world of symbol and myth.
Most often Mars' forms are feminine. Sensuous and gently abstract in their creamy marble casings, they seem, like goddesses, to have achieved a state of timeless perfection.
Birth, nurturing, spiritual awakening and love, both spiritual and physical, are recurrent themes in Mars' work. By design, the visual impact is soft and pleasing, the emotional tone positive.
"There's no darkness in my work. There's no social commentary. I want people to feel a sense of lovingness," Mars said.
He finds dreams a common source of inspiration. "I am a prolific dreamer. I wake up in the morning with poems and images in my mind." he said.
Mars began his formal an training in 1969 at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He said, "For artist, the instituto offered something for everyone, with classes in painting, carving, welding, weaving, print making, photography and just about everything."
A picturesque setting in a charming colonial town nestled in the mountains was one of the school's incidental pleasures. Another was Mars' extended courtship with a bright, attractive fellow student named Melinda. They married shortly after Mars received his master's of fine arts degree in 1973.
The couple has lived in Montecito in a tranquil home filled with antiques and art.
The art studio is just steps away, surrounded by trees and a flower garden.
In this studio, Mars began to explore the sculptural possibilities of quartz, a material he admires for its spiritual qualities as well as its translucent beauty. The artist makes no secret of the fact that he considers quartz a special stone.
"It pulsates," he said. "I've worked in wood and stone and they all take from you. They wear you out." In contrast, "quartz revitalizes and energizes me."
He believes that when properly cleared and charged, the stone can be programmed to do just about anything, from helping a person getting extra mileage on his car to falling in love.
Because quartz is a harder material than marble or wood, working it meant that Mars had to acquire new tools and new skills. Instead of a chisel, he now uses diamond-cutting tools to shape quartz and other hard stones into delicate/polished sculptures.
Two years ago. Mars and his wife began collaborating on small one-of-a-kind sculptures intended to be worn as jewelry. Working from a series of line drawings, Mars first conceives the basic design, then transforms it into a elegant sculpture in quartz, ebony or lapis lazuli. "The process takes many hours and requires both precision and patience," said Mars.
The final embellishments, which may include the addition of precious stones, are designed by Melinda. "She knows so well how a piece of jewelry should be adorned. She knows what other women want to wear," said Mars.
As with his larger works of art, the miniature sculptures are smooth and elegant, and pleasing to the eye and touch. Moreover, the sculptor believes, they are programmed for love, peace and positive visitations.