Arlen Dean, aka Alkaline Samurai, is a 27-year-old artist living in Northern California. He has dedicated himself to the furious pursuit of his craft. Stylistically, Dean is a renegade. Aligned with no identifiable artistic tradition, he allows himself the freedom to work outside the confines of traditional schools. His pieces on canvas and poster board range from 5ft-square to meticulously detailed ink drawings produced under a microscope. He has also recently begun to create works using a digital tablet.
Unlike artists who prepare and plan their works, blocking out shape, structure, color and density in advance, Dean allows form to evolve naturally as the work progresses. At the same time, he employs great care in achieving accuracy of line, coherence, and clarity of shape. His deep interest in science and nature are evident throughout his work.