Masterworks Lighting and Design

Masterworks Lighting and Design
Masterworks Lighting and Design2021-11-19T03:27:09+00:00

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“Design is the fundamental soul
of a man-made creation”

— Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer

Masterworks Lighting was created and developed by one of the world’s premier lighting designers, Paul Dexter. Starting a career in 1973 Paul has toured the world for most of his lifetime, creating original scenic design and lighting design for live concert performances, special events, large exhibit displays, film and video and now architectural lighting.

The Purpose of Masterworks is to provide a unique solutions lighting design service. It acts to connect innate talent, broad practiced skills, technical knowledge and winning attitude with the production’s visionaries. It guarantees a smooth concept to reality experience. The result aims to produce the ultimate WOW factor for the audience and viewers.

Paul Dexter, industry author!

Concert Lighting book by Paul Dexter & James Moody

The most comprehensive entertainment lighting book to date: the 4th Edition of Concert Lighting, The Art and Business of Entertainment Lighting, published by Routledge, a Focal Press book. Written by James Moody and Paul Dexter.

About the Authors

Paul Dexter has been the lighting and set designer for such concerts and concert tours as Rick James, Motley Crue, DIO, Ozzy Osbourne, and Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Rod Stewart. Paul is president of his own design firm, Masterworks Design, Inc. His recent activities include touring the world with REO Speedwagon as production and lighting designer, production designer for Heaven & Hell and architectural lighting designer for Activision Motion Capture Studios.

Jim Moody is the Head of the Technical Theatre Program, Technical Director, and Lighting Designer for The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College (A Professional Conservatory Program). Considered one of the founders of concert lighting he received the first Concert Lighting Designer of the Year Award from Performance magazine in 1980. Active also in television, his work has been recognized with two Emmy nominations and one team award.

Available now:
Purchase Concert Lighting from the publisher.
Purchase Concert Lighting from Amazon.

Concert Lighting 2009 Edition

Concert Lighting, 2009 Edition

Concert Lighting Third Edition, 2009
By James L. Moody and Paul Dexter was released on September 29th, 2009, according to Focal Press. Reserve yours today through

Rock Band Triumph Plans Mixed Reality Live Show with Paul Dexter

Masterworks Designer Paul Dexter has been working on a new concept, a mixed reality live show with the renowned rock band Triumph. A new documentary was featured in Toronto about the band’s journey on September 12, 2021. Classic Rock and Culture author, Matt Wardlaw, caught up with drummer and lead vocalist Gil Moore for an interview and here’s what he had to say…

We Are The RoadCrew Podcast

We Are The Road Crew

Paul Dexter records podcast in Los Angeles via satellite with Moderator Stephen Hill in London, for the 7th episode of “We Are the Road Crew”.

Listen to the podcast.


Rolling Stone Review of Frank Zappa Hologram Tour – Paul Dexter Production Designer

Production Designer, Paul Dexter of Masterworks Design was involved from the inception of the hologram tours for Ronnie James Dio (DIO) and “The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa”.
Frank Zappa Hologram Tour

Read the review on Rolling Stone.


News-Press Review of Paul Dexter’s Videos for DIO Hologram Tour

“Then there was the show’s intricate, mind-blowing video imagery on screens that surrounded the hologram stage like a picture frame. “

video background DIO Hologram Tour
Review of entire show by News-Press.

Geezers Of Gear Podcast

Marcel Fairbairn and Henry Kones interviewed Paul Dexter for their Geezers of Gear Podcast. This is an interesting interview of Paul Dexter, a long-time concert lighting industry expert, who is continually expanding his use of technology to produce ever more entertaining shows.

Listen to the podcast.


Kevin with REO Speedwagon on AXS TV

REO Speedwagon – “Can’t Fight This Feeling” | AXS TV Concerts Presented By Mercury Insurance. See the video.


Raiding the Rock Vault

“Raiding the Rock Vault” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is enhanced with lighting effects created by production designer Paul Dexter using Claypaky SharBars. Click here for the article on LiveDesign.


Def Leppard Live in Detroit

Def Leppard’s new DVD, “Live From Detroit” was released February 2017. This concert was filmed for AXS TV. Paul Dexter, of Masterworks Design, was the television Lighting Director for this film.
Click here the article and a video on

DIO Hologram

The Hologram, incorporated with live band and production value, seems to be rounding the corner with serious interest from agents and promoters. For more on this subject, click here for the article in Venues Today Magazine.

Rading the Rock Vault

Paul Dexter/ Masterworks Design launch the Las Vegas production of Raiding the Rock Vault at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino using AVOLITES Console. Click here for the Articles in PLSN and ET Now.


DIO hologram

DIO Hologram was debuted for the first time in the U.S. with a live performance by DIO Disciples at the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards.

Paul Dexter was the lighting and staging designer for the video. This new medium intends to proliferate in the live entertainment industry with more legendary artists in the coming months and years.

Watch the video.