Dean Stockwell was born in Hollywood in 1936 and began acting as a child. In 1955, he met Wallace Berman and developed a second career as an artist. Stockwell became part of a community of artists that included George Herms and Russel Tamblyn. His work ranged from collage to experimental film and photography. He frequently appropriated imagery from magazines and advertising, as was the case for the cover image of issue eight of Berman’s journal, Semina.