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Dean Sickler- on display at the Hague Escher MuseumHis recent work displayed at the International Salon in Utrecht was selected to remain on display at the Escher Museum in the Hague.

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18th Century chippendale clock-beforeDean Sickler-Ass on plank



Dean Sickler

Director of Dundean Studios

Dean Sickler is the owner and founder (1986) of Dundean Studios and teaches at all levels in faux finishing, specialty finishes and venetian plaster instructions. He has been in the painting and decorating business for over 30 years, having executed faux finish, restoration and art commissions from Beverly Hills to Fifth Ave.

Dean was a painting contractor in Los Angeles for 4 years after he earned his journeyman's card in painting in 1979. He apprenticed for two years from 1983-85 with Grace Darby: one of the original Masters from the Isabel O'Neil Studio in NY City. Classes were taken at the Day Studio in San Francisco in 1984-85. In Miami, Dean worked for two years under the guidance of Master Conservator, Emilio Cianfoni, and is responsible for many architectural and antique restorations at the Vizcaya Museum in Miami. Gold leafing, plaster and marble restoration, expert wood matching. He has recently worked at the Thomas Edison Mansion in Llewellen Park and the Willow House in Morristown expertly matching paint colors, restoring decorative art and architecture. He was commissioned in Spring, 2007 to render the Port'or and Red Levanto marbles for the new Visitors Wing at the U.S. Capitol. Note: The Capitol Visitor's Center will open in December, 2008

Dean Sickler is the author of the recently published book: "The Keys to Color; A Decorators Handbook for coloring Paints, Plasters & Glazes". Go to webpage here

The Keys to Color

He has worked for years as a student and as a collegue of Patrick LaHeyne of Belgium who is considered to be one of the finest Decorative Artists in the world.

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Dean earned a B.A degree in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. (1994).

Dundean Studios in it's present form was opened in 1998 as a decorative arts teaching, supply and working studio.

Dean presently teaches the Faux Design classes (all levels), Advanced Marbling & Wood Graining, Faux Essentials, Color Theory and Design, Trompe l'Oeil, Painted Furniture, and the Venetian Plaster classes.

In addition to being the core instructor at Dundean Studios, his teaching credentials include courses and workshops in faux finishes and decorative painting at the University of Toronto - Sheridan Art College, The Isabel O'Neil Studio in New York, Courses at the SALI Convention, The Faux Expo, The PDCA's PACE Convention and MAC University, scenic art instruction for high school art programs, guest lectures on faux arts and art history, and the teaching of hundreds of workshops around the country as guest lecturer on art history, color theory, design and the faux arts.

The studio is active in Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, Professional Decorative Painters Association, is an American Society Of Interior Designers Industry Partner, SALI, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Scenic Art for local playhouses and High Schools and numerous charities.

Dean is the immediate-past President of the Mid-Atlantic Faux and Decorative Artisan chapter of the PDCA: is a Board member of the NJ District PDCA and is a Past-President of the Decorative Alliance Forum of the National PDCA. He is currently a board member of the Professional Decorative Painters Association (PDPA).

Dean is a participant in the SALON for International Decorators since Paris, 2001 and is glad to be able to call many of the best painter/artists in the world his friends.

He has studied with Yannick Guegan, Pierre Lafumat, Patrick Laheyne and others. His recent work displayed at the International Salon in Utrecht was selected to remain on display at the Escher Museum in the Hague.

High School Theater Design Workshops


Dean's expertise with wood finishing and other architectural surfaces is very much in demand but he is always interested in challenging commissions and projects. Here




Contracting work here

Artisphere online article about Dean

Frank Zappa

Dean Sickler US capital visitors project

Dean Sickler-Thomas Edison's HouseDean Sickler-Vizcaya Museum

Dean painting elephants


SALON 2006 at Utrecht, Holland