BIOGRAPHYPaul McDevitt was born in 1972 in Troon, Scotland. He now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
McDevitt works with various media including painting, drawing, sculpture and video. He commonly engages in the history of art by taking motifs and iconography from twentieth century figurative and abstract art and reworking them in pointedly ‘low' media such as ink drawing, graffiti, cartoon and collage. He is a highly skilled draughtsman and his intricate drawings offer a unique interpretation of Modernist tropes. His refusal to propagate traditional art historical hierarchies exposes new, fantastical imagery that teeters on the peripheries of reality and deconstructs those myths still clinging to the practice of painting.
In 2001 he was awarded the Saatchi fellowship upon completion of an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.
McDevitt's work has been internationally exhibited including solo exhibitions ‘Hunker Down' at Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lancaster, UK (2015); ‘A Life Without Shame', Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Germany (2013); ‘Night Soil', Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012); and ‘Running on Woollen Legs', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2011).
McDevitt frequently collaborates with German artist, Cornelius Quabeck. Their recent projects have been at Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014) and Galerie Horst Schuler, Düsseldorf, Germany (2013).
Recent notable group exhibitions include ‘Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art', The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Hertfordshire, UK (2014); Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London, England (2012-2013); ‘Zeichen und Wunder', Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany (2012-2013); ‘The Golden Record - The Sounds of Earth', The Collection, Lincoln, England; toured to g39, Cardiff, UK (2009); ‘Nus', Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (2009).
McDevitt's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Arts Council, London; Museum Petach Tikva of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London, England.