A native of Seattle, Washington, Karr received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington State University. Moving to Los Angeles he attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His early work led to Karr being asked to direct Marilyn Manson’s “Sweet Dreams.”
Karr has worked with artists on their respective music videos, including Evanescence, Lisa Marie Presley, The Dave Matthews Band, X-Japan, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Velvet Revolver, Damian Marley, Ozzy Osbourne, Cypress Hill, Tommy Lee, Everlast, Dr. Dre, Queens of the Stone Age, Godsmack, and Iron Maiden.
KERRANG Magazine listed Dean Karr as “1 of the 100 most important/influential people to know in the music industry.” “Karr is music’s answer to Steven Spielberg.”
His commercial print campaigns include Universal Studios, HBO, Tommy Hilfiger, Busch Gardens, Astrella Designs and the National Ad Council. His entertainment print work includes artists such as: Chris Rock, T-Pain, Tool, Marilyn Manson, Lenny Kravitz, Busta Rhymes, AC/DC, Tommy Lee, Undercover Slut and Three Doors Down. Karr’s art photography has been the subject of exhibitions at museums and galleries, including LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Modern Gallery, Moscow; Institute of Actual Art, Kiev; and the prestigious Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles.”