Dean has been making aluminum foil and sponge sculptures since he was a child. His career as a sculptor began in response to economic disadvantages he experienced as a child. Faced with a shortage of the usual toys and games that are essential to childhood development, Dean began molding a world of his own from tin foil. These “tin things” have evolved to become highly detailed miniatures of an enormous variety of animals and insects. Dean’s work has a wide following and can be found in such prominent collections as Citibank, JCREW and PAPER magazine.