All About Deep Urban Fine Art

About Our Company

Deep Urban was founded in 2006 as “The Brazen Eye”  ( TheBrazenEye , )  to showcase the work of our founder, Melynda Andrews.  Her children, who grew up in the studio, eventually took up the brush themselves.  And then, through marriage and adoption, we added two more artists to our family and changed our name to Deep Urban Fine Art ( DeepUrban , ) in 2010. 

In 2015, we moved our family and studio across North America, from Winter Park, Florida to a small town outside of Seattle, Washington.

Our primary focus has always been strongly emotive, large-scale abstract expressionist paintings, though we do occasionally offer other types of works. 

About Our Art

The paintings we sell are all hand-painted originals, not prints of any kind—no “giclee” print garbage that’s been “embellished” with paint here and there in order to fool the uninformed.  Nope.  By purchasing from us, you support real artists, not the exploitation of workers forced to toil in some sweat-shop assembly line art mill in Who-Knows-Where.  Our materials are designed to last generations, not a year or two.  

About Our Artists

The artists of Deep Urban are all members of a single family; two parents and three children all in their twenties.  We live together in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States, 25 miles southeast of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.  In addition to creating art, we love spending time together, making and listening to music, traveling, reading, cooking, binge watching shows, writing, playing games of all kinds, and all things cat, dog, fish, and bird.  Rarely does a day go by without one of us uttering a pun that makes everyone else groan and chuckle.  The most important thing to know about us is that we each live by the Golden Rule: treat others as we wish to be treated.  Through our behavior and our art, we attempt to make the world a better place—and have a great time while we’re at it.

About Dimensions and Stretcher Bars

Un-stretched Paintings are those that have not yet been pulled tight and stapled over a wooden framework.  The dimensions we list for paintings that come with stretcher bars are the dimensions for the finished, ready-to-hang painting.  For in-stock, gallery inventory paintings, we list dimensions for the entire length and width of the un-stretched painting as well as the dimensions the painting would have if stretched over bars of 1.5″ depth.

Stretching reduces the effective dimensions of a painting by the depth of the stretcher bars plus three inches.  Therefore, a 60″ x 48″ un-stretched painting mounted on bars of 1.5″ depth would need two pairs of stretcher bars, one pair 54 inches long and the other 42 inches long, and your finished painting would have final dimensions of 54 x 42 inches.  But if you hang the same painting on ¾” deep stretcher bars, that would increase the length and width each by 1.5 inches.  Learn more about stretching here.

About Our Paint

We’re often asked if we sell “oil paintings.”  The answer is, “No.  Absolutely not!”  We only use acrylic paint, and here’s why.

First, a little history:

Two hundred years ago, an oil painting was something only the rich could afford, so the words “oil painting” came to mean “luxury.”  Then came acrylics.

When acrylic paint was first used 70 years ago, it had a justifiably bad reputation in the art world.  But the technology quickly improved, and today’s acrylic is far superior to oil.  

Modern acrylic colors are just as rich as oil colors, but they offer a greater range of texture and sheen.  They last just as long as oils, but they don’t decay, crack, or chip like oils can.  Fading is no longer a problem, because acrylics come in a wide range of rich, lightfast colors.  Acrylic also gives artists amazing new properties to work with for all sorts of special effects, yet if we want to make an acrylic painting look indistinguishable from an oil painting, we can.   

Acrylics are also healthier for people and for the Earth.  Some of the ingredients in oil paints can cause physical problems like headache, sinus and skin disorders, and even cancer.  It and the solvent the artists must use to clean oil paint brushes and equipment has to be treated like toxic waste, because it is.  Not so with acrylics

Acrylic paint is simply better than oil paint.  It’s an amazing, wonderful medium, and we love it.  You will too.

And yet…

At some galleries, the salespeople will tell you with pride that they only carry oil paintings and that they “refuse” to carry acrylic.  That’s just silly.  So why do they do it?  The answer is that they’re pandering to the buyer who doesn’t know any better, the one who is still burdened with prejudices from the Renaissance and the 1950’s.  

It’s time to leave the old “Oil is better than acrylic” nonsense behind—along with skeleton keys, 8-tracks, and outdoor plumbing.