Index To Artwork

Advertising Art:
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Columbia Pictures Logo
Polygram Pictures Logo
Ghurka Luggage
Cows In History

Arnold Palmer

Editorial Artwork:
Time Magazine Cover
Interview With The Vampire
Portrait of David Blaine
Hell House
Literary Angels
The Vanished Child
The Empty Summer
Lily: A Love Story

Franklin D. Roosevelt

US Postage Stamps:

Marilyn Monroe
Humphrey Bogart
Bette Davis
James Dean
Cary Grant
Audrey Hepburn
Katherine Ann Porter
Stephen Vincent Benet
Thorton Wilder
Thomas Wolfe
Meriwether Lewis
William Clark
Tennessee Williams

Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin
David Blaine II
The Letter

Martha Washington
Theodore Roosevelt

Edgar Allan Poe
Mark Twain
Head of Child


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YouTube: Michael Deas on American Stamps



American Stamps premiers on PBS

Michael is featured in this documentary about the designers and artists who create postage stamps provides a behind-the-scenes look at how the stamps are conceptualized, designed and produced. Each of the iconic images on all those little bits of paper captures a unique angle of the American experience. Take an intimate look at these objects and the people who create them.
Click here for a preview.

American Stamps will rebroadcast on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:30pm EST. Check Local Listings to see when it is airing on your local PBS station.

Theodore Roosevelt

In July 2006 Michael impressed Time magazine readers with his Theodore Roosevelt portrait, his fourth cover in Time’s “Making of America” series.  Michael’s previous Time covers include Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.  Click here to see the newest cover image.

receives high honors

This past year Michael’s painting for the cover of the Richard Matheson novel Earthbound won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators (2006).  This is the fifth time Michael has received this prestigious award from the Society of Illustrators.  The painting also received a silver medal from Spectrum (2006) and was featured in Communication Arts' 2007 Illustration Annual.  To see the award-winning image, click here.

The purloined Poe daguerreotype

In addition to Michael’s artistic talents, he is also the leading authority on the portraits and daguerreotypes of  Edgar Allan Poe.  Check out the link below to find out how Michael brought a rare daguerreotype of Poe back to its rightful owners—with the help of the FBI and PBS's Antiques Roadshow.  Click here for the full story.

Martha Washington goes home

Michael's Martha Washington portrait was commissioned as the cover of the definitive biography of America’s first First Lady, written by historian Patricia Brady, Martha Washington: An American Life (Penguin Books).  The likeness was based primarily on a computer generated age-regression image created by an Louisiana State University forensic anthropologist.  Contrary to popular belief, Martha Washinton was not a dowdy matron, but a witty, astute, and ardent patriot who followed her husband into battle, even encamping with him during the bitter winter at Valley Forge.  The portrait is the Nation’s first glimpse at what Martha Washington looked like prior to her marriage to her famous husband.

Mount Vernon, historic home of George and Martha Washington, recently acquired Michael’s portrait of the young Martha, where it will remain on permanent display. To find out how you can own a copy of this portrait, click here.  Or to read more about Pat Brady's biography go to: Martha Washington.