This body of work refers specifically to the buttermilk that shops use on their windows after they close, to prevent people being able to see in from the street. These are unconscious gestures that become painterly. McDevitt abstracted the monumental swirls through screen-printing, collage and paint. He used flyers that came through his front door, mimicking the overlay of posters that appear on windows. This layering creates a trompe l'oeil in each work. Visible are the stickers and posters that underlie the paint on closed shop windows. The works engage with the changing face of British culture through the high street. By employing a pop sensibility and a humble technique in screen-printing, McDevitt lightly comments on the relationship of culture and art.
Paul McDevitt has exhibited internationally including Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lancaster, UK (2015); The Henry Moore Foundation (2014); Sommer & Kohl, Berlin, Germany (2013); Drawing Biennial 2013, Drawing Room, London, England (2012-2013).
The private view is on Friday 5 February from 6-8pm at The House of St Barnabas, Soho Square, London.
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