Paul McDevitt was born in 1972 in Troon, Scotland. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
McDevitt works across various media including painting, drawing, sculpture and video. He reworks art historical tropes in pointedly ‘low' media such as ink drawing, graffiti, cartoon and collage to subvert the practice of painting. Elements of Modernism, De Stijl, and Surrealism appear alongside popular motifs repurposed from cartoon characters and beer mats. McDevitt describes his practice as “a type of 21st century pop art– one where there’s nothing in the windows and the shops are all closed.”
There is a fantasy element to McDevitt’s oeuvre that suggests worlds and processes devoid from reality. However, his bold and dynamic works often highlight issues relating to contemporary society. Situating this commentary within fantastical panoramas produces disquieting, compelling and intensely powerful works.
McDevitt runs a project space, Farbvision, in Berlin, Germany. He frequently collaborates with German artist Cornelius Quabeck. Their recent projects include ‘Du coq à l'âne', Le Bel Ordinaire, Pau, France (2019); Martin Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014) and Galerie Horst Schuler, Düsseldorf, Germany (2013).
McDevitt’s solo exhibitions include ‘Hunker Down', Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lancaster, England (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's works are included in prominent international collections including the Arts Council Collection, UK; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England; Zabludowicz Collection, London, England and Museum Petach Tikva of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel.