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Barry R Irving aka Dean Story Master Studio Artist / Educator / Percussionist BFA Painting / Syracuse University Class of 2007
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I am a Retired Professional Artist / Educator currently in a private studio practice and documenting 49 years of work. All works featured are part of my private collection and professional body of work that encompasses a field onf multi disciplinary activity and creations since I began my professional work in 1970 upon graduating from the HS of Art and Design, NYC * In my time I have created and worked in most all of the core Art and Design Fields in traditional Fine Arts, Literature Architecture, Drawing Painting and Sculpture, Fashion Design & more...
Gramps and Nadiya @ City Market / Armory Square Down Town Syracuse July 2017
This is my NYC Street Art Style of Painting. Straight Free Style painting with a squeeze bottle. Like Drawing with paint. All lines double painted with a dot beaded combination of glitter, pearlescent / metallic or solid color. This creates the dimension and look of Traditional Yoruba, W. African Bead Work. I started selling my Wearable Art in the East Village, W. 4th Street Area and Broadway or over on 6th Ave between W. 4th and W 8th Streets. With painting on Fabric, I was able to fully develop my visual painting language. I met the buyer of the now defunct Unique Clothing Warehouse ( on Broadway near W. 4th St ) From the street I got a 10 minute meeting to show some samples. I walked away with a 90 pc Design contract for Ladies Spandex Crop Tops, Shorts and Capris. The UCW is the place where Early Rap and Funk / Soul Artists started a trend of Air Brushed, Blinged Out Jackets. I don't do Air brush although it is in my early Art School Training at the HS of Art and Design where I majored in Advertising and Illustration. Air Brush was then a Major Corporate Ad Medium that was replaced by Photo Shop and other Didital / Graphic Innovations. I designed a "Funky Broadway" logo and free style painted it on most pieces...I didn't do a lot of Spandex on the Streets. My Specialty was T-Shirts and Jackets. I produced both Garments with designs and 3D Paintings which are using the garment as a canvas and painting it regardless of the wearable aspect. It still turns out wearable, but some are definitely not general use. Those have been worn to NYC Art Parties and Gala Halloween Parties where you are not sitting but showing off. These pieces have a long life...many of my personal pieces are 8 - 15 years old and counting.
Hand Painted / Machine Washable / Long Lasting Denim Lace Front Jump Suits Small - XL
Hundreds of Production /art Works at Discount Prices for Art Wholesalers. Other than what is pictured here... "Serious" inquiries only for multiple piece sales or viewing. Works are stored
Straight From N.Y.C. Series ... by Dean Story Master
In 1996 &1997,my company Original Clandou Rhythm - Drums of Distinction earned the distinction of being listed among the Top US and International Custom Drum Makers in Rhythm Music and Modern Drummer Industry Trade Magazines.
The 90's was Hot for Hand Drumming Globally.
Rhythm Music was a Roots Trade Mag, so they liked my Traditional African Hand Drums while Modern Drummer the Older Modern Music Percussion Mag liked my African Set Drums which were old Rogers Bass and Snare Drum Shells with a Mali Weave "Strung" Tuning system rather than the modern mechanical metal crank tuning. I won a quarter page color spread that went around the world getting me international inquiries.
These "Celts"/ Thunder Stones are Ceramic drums inspired by my original set made in 1998. Two other Artists made the Shells for those drums and did an elaborate stringing system.
These Ceramic Drums posted here are from my Award Winning Junior / Senior Collection of 60 paintings and about 650 Ceramic works. This is my venture into stick played drums for studio recording which I have always geared my experimental practice towards while I also produced Hand Drums for Performance and study of traditional voices from the West African / Caribbean / So. & Central American Spectrum of Diaspora Rhythm.
AKO DUN ACADEMY OF HAND DRUMMING ...I teach all of it...