DEAN G. STANLEY - FOUNDER 1963
After serving in WWII Dean G. Stanley attended sign painting school and worked as a billboard painter for Foster & Kleiser in Portland, OR. In 1963 he set off on his own and founded Studio Signs & Pictorial Displays in SE Portland. He specialized in beautiful pictorial paintings and was well known for his landscape murals (some of which still exist today). Many skilled sign painters worked for Stanley over the years including Harry Morgan, Norm Forsberg and Melvin Lee. In 1984 Stanley sold the business to Lee.
MELVIN K. LEE - OWNER 1984
Melvin K. Lee began his sign painting career in 1970. He worked alongside some of the old time sign painters and learned hand lettering, silkscreen printing, and gold leaf techniques. In 1984 he took over Studio Signs from Dean G. Stanley. In the early 1980s, computers and vinyl plotters drastically changed the sign industry. Studio Signs adapted and purchased one of the first Gerber vinyl cutters in Portland yet continued to provide traditional hand crafted signs. Lee continues to operate Studio Signs with his son Nick.
NICHOLAS K. LEE - MANAGER 2017
Nicholas K. Lee grew up in the family sign shop and spent a lot of time watching and learning the trade. After graduating from Portland State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies he joined his father in helping run Studio Signs. Nick is highly knowledgeable in computer graphic design but his true passion is learning the traditional sign painting techniques. Much of his free time is spent studying and practicing letter forms and brush lettering skills.