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Richard Devereux

RICHARD DEVEREUX

United Kingdom

Mixed media, Sculpture • Born in United Kingdom • Studied at Portsmouth College of Art 1974–77 United Kingdom; Studied under Terayama Tanchu Sensei, Tsukuba Dojo, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan 2002

Published  18/12/2019   |   Updated  03/07/2020

art doesn't work by being analysed, it works by enchantment

In the absence of narrative a meditative quality emerges from the work offering visual experiences that can be both nourishing and contemplative. I don't set out wanting to do anything at all, I follow the work. The resulting forms have one purpose – to take us to another place, all other considerations are secondary. The work continually evolves, it knows far more than I do, I'm simply the means by which it gains purchase in the world. Read more

In the absence of narrative a meditative quality emerges from the work offering visual experiences that can be both nourishing and contemplative. I don't set out wanting to do anything at all, I follow the work. The resulting forms have one purpose – to take us to another place, all other considerations are secondary. The work continually evolves, it knows far more than I do, I'm simply the means by which it gains purchase in the world.

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Richard Devereux

THIS IS NOW (II) 2008-20 carbon deposit on 100% cotton fibre 72.0 x 49.3cm

THIS IS NOW (II) 2008-20 carbon deposit on 100% cotton fibre 72.0 x 49.3cm

DREAMING (III), 2006-19 carbon deposit on 100% cotton fibre 60.0 x 46.5 cm

DREAMING (III), 2006-19 carbon deposit on 100% cotton fibre 60.0 x 46.5 cm

UNTROUBLED LINE – small (after Iris Murdoch) 2019 Lincolnshire limestone – silverbed 18.5 x 14.6. x 2.5 cm

UNTROUBLED LINE – small (after Iris Murdoch) 2019 Lincolnshire limestone – silverbed 18.5 x 14.6. x 2.5 cm

HOW WILL YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THAT THING THE NATURE OF WHICH IS TOTALLY UNKNOWN TO YOU? 2015, oil pigment dispersal on panel 121.5 x 162.5 x 5.0 cm

HOW WILL YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THAT THING THE NATURE OF WHICH IS TOTALLY UNKNOWN TO YOU? 2015, oil pigment dispersal on panel 121.5 x 162.5 x 5.0 cm

CARBON, sketchbook 2007–17 carbon deposit on bound paper 20.0 x 40.0 cm

CARBON, sketchbook 2007–17 carbon deposit on bound paper 20.0 x 40.0 cm

UNTROUBLED ARC (II) 2019 silica and raw pigment on Dibond panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm

UNTROUBLED ARC (II) 2019 silica and raw pigment on Dibond panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm

Studio: work in progress, oil pigment on 100% cotton fibre, each sheet 101.0 x 73.7 cm, Ø 36.6 cm

Studio: work in progress, oil pigment on 100% cotton fibre, each sheet 101.0 x 73.7 cm, Ø 36.6 cm

UNTROUBLED ARC (I II and III) 2019 silica and raw pigment on Dibond, each panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm

UNTROUBLED ARC (I II and III) 2019 silica and raw pigment on Dibond, each panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm

ENCROACHING VISTA, 1997 limestone powder on carbon deposit 114.4 x 76.3 cm

ENCROACHING VISTA, 1997 limestone powder on carbon deposit 114.4 x 76.3 cm

Studio: CONTINUIOUS NOW turquoise (IV) 2012, pigment dispersal on 100% cotton fibre 147.0 x 108.0 cm

Studio: CONTINUIOUS NOW turquoise (IV) 2012, pigment dispersal on 100% cotton fibre 147.0 x 108.0 cm

PRIMORDIUM, 1995, Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire, UK, charcoal powder and gold leaf on wall

PRIMORDIUM, 1995, Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire, UK, charcoal powder and gold leaf on wall

A PURE UNTROUBLED LINE IV (after Iris Murdoch) 2019 Lincolnshire limestone – silverbed 34.5 x 23.5. x 4.0 cm

A PURE UNTROUBLED LINE IV (after Iris Murdoch) 2019 Lincolnshire limestone – silverbed 34.5 x 23.5. x 4.0 cm

CONTINUOUS NOW turquoise (IV) 2012, pigment dispersal on 100% cotton fibre 147.5 x 108.5 cm

CONTINUOUS NOW turquoise (IV) 2012, pigment dispersal on 100% cotton fibre 147.5 x 108.5 cm

6000º, 2006 six thousand degrees fahrenheit on cotton fibre housed within archival Solander case 43.0 x 52.4 x 7.3 cm

6000º, 2006 six thousand degrees fahrenheit on cotton fibre housed within archival Solander case 43.0 x 52.4 x 7.3 cm

A PURE UNTROUBLED LINE (after Iris Murdoch) 2019 Lincolnshire limestone – silverbed 21.4 x 15.0 x 4.0 cm

A PURE UNTROUBLED LINE (after Iris Murdoch) 2019 Lincolnshire limestone – silverbed 21.4 x 15.0 x 4.0 cm

THIS IS NOW – turquoise (II) 2010 pigment dispersal on 100% cotton fibre 101.0 x 73.7 cm, Ø 36.6

THIS IS NOW – turquoise (II) 2010 pigment dispersal on 100% cotton fibre 101.0 x 73.7 cm, Ø 36.6

UNTROUBLED ARC (I) 2019 silica and raw pigment on dibond panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm

UNTROUBLED ARC (I) 2019 silica and raw pigment on dibond panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.3 cm

GATHERED BY EROSION (threshold with ripple) 2000, eroded Cumbrian slate, 34.7 x 34.7 x 4.7 cm

GATHERED BY EROSION (threshold with ripple) 2000, eroded Cumbrian slate, 34.7 x 34.7 x 4.7 cm

WITH ITS PURE UNTROUBLED LINE (III) after Iris Murdoch 2019, Ironstone and silica on Dibond panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.5

WITH ITS PURE UNTROUBLED LINE (III) after Iris Murdoch 2019, Ironstone and silica on Dibond panel 27.8 x 19.0 x 3.5

THIS IS NOW (IV) 2008–2020 carbon deposit on 100% cotton fibre 72.0 x 49.0 cm

THIS IS NOW (IV) 2008–2020 carbon deposit on 100% cotton fibre 72.0 x 49.0 cm

In Stillness and In Silence

Rare footage of a 1998 film where David Bowie discusses the British artist Richard Devereux’s work: In Stillness and In Silence.

HOW WILL YOU GO ABOUT FINDING THAT THING THE NATURE OF WHICH IS TOTALLY UNKNOWN TO YOU?

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

All materials have their own unique resistance – its resistance that I like

What themes do you pursue?

I don't set out wanting to do anything at all, I follow the work

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

"Art gives us a sanctuary, it gives us a place to go." Sean Scully, The New Shock of The New, BBC 2004

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

Abbey of Our Lady of Nový Dvůr, Bohemia, Czech Republic

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Roden Crater – James Turrell

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Mountains of north-west Cumbria, UK


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015

New Works by Richard Devereux, Galleri Mjøsvågen, Hosanger, Norway

Continuous Now, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, UK

2014

Encounters, Roselidden Centre for Reflection and Creativity, Cornwall, UK

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GROUP

2020

2020, Refresh, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington, UK

2017

Aesthetica Art Prize (longlist) York, UK

2015

Nottingham Castle Open, Nottingham, UK

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Chelsea School of Art, London, UK

Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA

Manchester Metroplitan University, UK

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GALLERIES

Tarpey Gallery, UK | https://tarpeygallery.com/

PUBLICATIONS

Assembled Rites, 1997

In Stillness and in Silence, 1994

Casting Visions, 1997

EDUCATION (detailed)

1974–77 Portsmouth College of Art, United Kingdom

2002 Hitsuzendo, under the tutelage of Zen Master Terayama Tanchu Sensei, Tsukuba Dojo, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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