paul mcdevitt installation at house of st barnabas, london, UK

5 February 2016
This spring The House of St Barnabas will present work by Paul McDevitt in the Silk Room. McDevitt was born in 1972 in Troon, Scotland and now lives and works in Berlin, Germany. McDevitt's work encompasses highly skilled draughtsmanship, painting, sculpture and video. His practice continues to engage with contemporary society, the fragility and uncertainty of modernity, and the iconography and imagery it produces. His refusal to propagate art historical hierarchies creates striking work that is visually arresting and re-interprets Pop Art with the vibrancy that modernity allows.

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.

RSVP essential at rsvp@hosb.org.uk

Paul McDevitt at HoSB.