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THIRD EYE│Devlin Shea Solo Exhibition

2018.1.13 - 2018.2.26

About Exhibition

 The exhibition is a series of new works by American artist Devlin Shea. In the works, the awkward framing of her subjects - their struggles enacted within harsh landscapes -confirms Shea’s desire to comprehend the complex nature of relationships.

 Shea provides a link to these tiny passages of emotion through her own insight, and in doing so provides a symbolic platform by way of monochrome motifs, transparent figures and apparitions of human heads and animals. It’s a place where viewer and paintings occupy a dream-like setting – interrupted only by moments of lucidity and anxiety held by the characters’ inner-tensions. The “Third Eye” is an invisible awareness, an intuition that allows insight into moments too easily missed.


Artist Statement

 I depict moments of palpable, yet barely visible tensions, reflecting on the internal state of the figures. Support systems, intertwined lives and intimacy are reoccurring motifs in my work. Scale and the monochrome palette are used to talk about emotional proximity and contradictive intimacy – the physical responses the minute and gigantic can elicit and the simplicity of flat colourless planes. There are these visceral reactions we have because of our evolutionary presets, things layered in from long ago - I want to evoke glimpses of that ‘affect’, to capture the multi-layered nuances that go into ‘relationships’ which echo the past, present and future.

At times awkward or oddly placed imagery is used to reference a specific feeling or notion, it is fit into place in a painting to bring the emotional specificity of the object into this other scene. These works can have a dreamlike quality, a jumping monkey fills in for losing control/playfully-naughty, little cats for curious-edgy-tenderness, a woman’s eyes are replaced with grabbing arms which appear to want to hold on more than is humanly possible to the figure she is embracing.

 I’m fascinated with the veils, blocks, habits or crutches that people subconsciously rely on in their implicit communication, I think this is the ‘affect’ I use in my work. Gestures seem to be the way pre-words and pre-verbalizations get spoken -through gesture communication is read physically.



About Devlin Shea

 Education: 2014 – 2016, MFA Fine Art Painting, Slade School of Fine Art – Distinction; 1994 – 1998, BFA Painting and video, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, US – Honors. Solo Exhibitions: 2017, Third Eye, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (Forthcoming); 2013, Contours of a Migration, Sólon, Sauðárkrókur, Iceland; 2010, Googled Emotional Connections, Carina Björck, Stockholm, Sweden.

 Selected Group Exhibitions: 2018, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017, Block 336, London, UK (Forthcoming);2017, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; 2017, These Rotten Words, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK; 2017, All Day Breakfast, Reading International, Munchees, Reading, UK; 2017, Hands On, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong; 2016, On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China (Curated by Lu Mingjun); 2016, Exeter Contemporary Open 2016, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK; 2016, Invest in Art series, The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK; 2016, Screen Time, Assembly Point, London, UK (Performance); 2016, Carrier, Sailing Barge Repertor, St Katharine’s Marina, London, UK.





THIRD EYE│Devlin Shea Solo Exhibition

2018.1.13 - 2018.2.26

About Exhibition

 The exhibition is a series of new works by American artist Devlin Shea. In the works, the awkward framing of her subjects - their struggles enacted within harsh landscapes -confirms Shea’s desire to comprehend the complex nature of relationships.

 Shea provides a link to these tiny passages of emotion through her own insight, and in doing so provides a symbolic platform by way of monochrome motifs, transparent figures and apparitions of human heads and animals. It’s a place where viewer and paintings occupy a dream-like setting – interrupted only by moments of lucidity and anxiety held by the characters’ inner-tensions. The “Third Eye” is an invisible awareness, an intuition that allows insight into moments too easily missed.


Artist Statement

 I depict moments of palpable, yet barely visible tensions, reflecting on the internal state of the figures. Support systems, intertwined lives and intimacy are reoccurring motifs in my work. Scale and the monochrome palette are used to talk about emotional proximity and contradictive intimacy – the physical responses the minute and gigantic can elicit and the simplicity of flat colourless planes. There are these visceral reactions we have because of our evolutionary presets, things layered in from long ago - I want to evoke glimpses of that ‘affect’, to capture the multi-layered nuances that go into ‘relationships’ which echo the past, present and future.

At times awkward or oddly placed imagery is used to reference a specific feeling or notion, it is fit into place in a painting to bring the emotional specificity of the object into this other scene. These works can have a dreamlike quality, a jumping monkey fills in for losing control/playfully-naughty, little cats for curious-edgy-tenderness, a woman’s eyes are replaced with grabbing arms which appear to want to hold on more than is humanly possible to the figure she is embracing.

 I’m fascinated with the veils, blocks, habits or crutches that people subconsciously rely on in their implicit communication, I think this is the ‘affect’ I use in my work. Gestures seem to be the way pre-words and pre-verbalizations get spoken -through gesture communication is read physically.



About Devlin Shea

 Education: 2014 – 2016, MFA Fine Art Painting, Slade School of Fine Art – Distinction; 1994 – 1998, BFA Painting and video, Alfred University, Alfred, NY, US – Honors. Solo Exhibitions: 2017, Third Eye, Surplus Space, Wuhan, China (Forthcoming); 2013, Contours of a Migration, Sólon, Sauðárkrókur, Iceland; 2010, Googled Emotional Connections, Carina Björck, Stockholm, Sweden.

 Selected Group Exhibitions: 2018, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017, Block 336, London, UK (Forthcoming);2017, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; 2017, These Rotten Words, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK; 2017, All Day Breakfast, Reading International, Munchees, Reading, UK; 2017, Hands On, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong; 2016, On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan, China (Curated by Lu Mingjun); 2016, Exeter Contemporary Open 2016, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK; 2016, Invest in Art series, The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London, UK; 2016, Screen Time, Assembly Point, London, UK (Performance); 2016, Carrier, Sailing Barge Repertor, St Katharine’s Marina, London, UK.





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