BIOGRAPHYPaul McDevitt was born in 1972 in Troon, Scotland. In 2001 he was awarded the Saatchi fellowship upon completion of an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. He now lives and works in Berlin.
McDevitt works across numerous media including painting, drawing, sculpture and video. He is a highly skilled draughtsman with his beautifully intricate drawings offering a unique interpretation of Modernist tropes. In his more recent paintings McDevitt combines motifs from 20th century figurative and abstract art. On the built up canvases painterly brushstrokes lay under graphic, screen-printed imagery with expressive gesture meeting considered mark making.
McDevitt gives us high Modernism flowing unabashedly into the ‘lower' art forms he has championed: graffiti; cartoon iconography; collage. 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.
McDevitt's work has been internationally exhibited including solo exhibitions at Sommer & Kohl, Berlin; Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen; Galerie Horst Schuler, Dusseldorf; Lismore Castle Arts, Ireland; Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Kunstverein Schwerte (with Heike Kati Barath), Schwerte, Germany; Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, UK; Jerwood Foundation, London. His solo exhibition ‘Grand Canyon' is currently showing in Gallery Two at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
Group exhibitions include Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Perry Green, The Henry Moore Foundation, Hertfordshire, England; Kunsthalle Andratx, Majorca, Spain; Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC/VAL), Paris, France; Kunsthaus Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany; The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK; Project, Dublin; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany; carlier | gebauer and Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany.
McDevitt's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including the Arts Council, London; Museum Petach Tikva of Art, Petach Tikva; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London.