Los Angeles, b.1962

Eric Dever

Over the last decade, Eric Dever has pursued intensely focused investigations into methods and materials, creating works which gradually have evolved into sensitively executed and intimate works of art. Dever was born in Los Angeles, California and received his Bachelors Degree from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. He moved to the East Coast to study at New York University where he received his Master of Arts. Recently, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York acquired a painting by Dever.

For several years, Dever limited his palette to white—Zinc and Titanium White -- enabling him to uncover a white spectrum ranging from opacity to translucency. In the past, his compositions were largely geometric, including circles graded from dark to light. These compositions included the introduction of black, widening the range and...

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Biography

Over the last decade, Eric Dever has pursued intensely focused investigations into methods and materials, creating works which gradually have evolved into sensitively executed and intimate works of art. Dever was born in Los Angeles, California and received his Bachelors Degree from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks. He moved to the East Coast to study at New York University where he received his Master of Arts. Recently, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York acquired a painting by Dever.

For several years, Dever limited his palette to white—Zinc and Titanium White -- enabling him to uncover a white spectrum ranging from opacity to translucency. In the past, his compositions were largely geometric, including circles graded from dark to light. These compositions included the introduction of black, widening the range and force of the work. His approach reflects the artist’s interest in the spiritual and the shift from matter (black) to energy (red) to self-realization (white).

Dever’s more recent paintings are explorations through and beyond formal inquiry. While the grid still resides within, each painting emerges into free shapes and tactile surfaces executed with brush and knife. The starting point for this current series was simply a rose from the artist’s garden that he deconstructed. His methods, while still conceptual, enabled him to let the energetic qualities of color, line, and form emerge. Yet, in the paintings, Dever holds the methodical in the presence of the free. Utterly distinct marks suggest looping links of color, which serve to present the artist’s discoveries of richer and rarer hues—especially red, a color of love and strength. These hues in turn give the paintings a sense of active and light filled passion. The most recent of these paintings represent a variation on the original rose with the additional element of the rose’s stamen. This new elemental form in the center of the canvas allows the viewer to see the rose itself as a micro or macrocosm.

Since the early 1990s, Dever’s work has been included in numerous one-person and group exhibitions in New York, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, New Mexico, and France. Last spring, he participated in REDACTED, an exhibition at the Islip Art Museum, New York curated by Janet Goleas. Last summer, Dever had a solo show at Berry Campbell Gallery followed by a solo museum exhibition at the Gertrude and Frank Kaiser Art Gallery, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York entitled, Eric Dever: The Rose Chapel. This fall, New York University will host a solo exhibition of Dever’s work.

Dever currently lives and works in Water Mill, New York on Long Island’s East End. He is regular instructor at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill and the Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack. Eric Dever is exclusively represented by Berry Campbell Gallery, New York.

Artworks

21

December 6th, Le mesange, 2018

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / American Art / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Canvas / Chakra / Color and Form / Color Psychology / Color Study / Contemporary American Art / Fruit and Florals / Gentle and Smooth Brushstrokes / Introspection/Meditation / Los Angeles / Lyrical Expression / Nature / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Spontaneity / United States

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1988

    MA, New York University, New York

  • 1984

    BA, California Lutheran College, Thousand Oaks, California

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Painting in a House Made of Air, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2017

    Light, Energy and Matter, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

  • 2015

    Passion, Clarity, and Dark Inertia, Kimmel Galleries, New York University, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2017

    Alt-Egos, (curated by Scott Bluedorn), Crush Curatorial, Amagansett, New York

  • East End Collected 3, (curated by Paton Miller), Southampton Art Center, Southampton, New York

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Education

  • 1988

    MA, New York University, New York

  • 1984

    BA, California Lutheran College, Thousand Oaks, California

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Painting in a House Made of Air, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2017

    Light, Energy and Matter, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

  • 2015

    Passion, Clarity, and Dark Inertia, Kimmel Galleries, New York University, New York

  • 2014

    The Rose Chapel, Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York

  • Eric Dever, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2012

    Red White and Black Paintings, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2011

    Black as White, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2009

    White Paintings 2007-9, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, New York

  • 2005

    Perennial Histories, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2004

    East End Paintings, White Room, Soho House, New York

  • Diamonds and Rust, Centre d’Art et de Rencontres, Château d’Escueillens, Saint Just de Bellengard, France

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2017

    Alt-Egos, (curated by Scott Bluedorn), Crush Curatorial, Amagansett, New York

  • East End Collected 3, (curated by Paton Miller), Southampton Art Center, Southampton, New York

  • Debtfair, Occupy Museums, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

  • Parrish Perspectives: New Works in Context, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York

  • Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • 2016

    Art in Embassies, United States Consulate, Hong Kong and Macau (2016 ~ 2019)

  • Art Southampton, Southampton, New York, Berry Campbell

  • The Art of Change, Klaus Center for the Arts, Marymount University of California-Arts and Media, San Pedro, California

  • Art Wynwood, Miami, Florida, Berry Campbell

  • Ille Art, Amagansett, New York

  • 2015

    Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • Somewhere Between Black & White, Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe

  • Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, California, Berry Campbell

  • The 47th Collectors Show, Little Rock, Arkansas Art Center, Arkansas

  • Art Miami, Miami, Florida, Berry Campbell

  • Summer Selections, Berry Campbell, New York

  • Guild Hall, Member’s Show, East Hampton, New York

  • 2014

    Art Wynwood, Miami, Florida, Berry Campbell

  • Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco, California, Berry Campbell

  • Ille Art, Amagansett, New York

  • Redacted: Connecting Dots Through a Shifting Field (curated by Janet Goleas), Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York

  • A Whale of a Show, Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, New York

  • 2013

    Meditation Room, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • A Whale of a Show, Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, New York

  • Poste Concret, ParisCONCRET, Paris

  • 2012

    Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2011

    Grey Matter, The Painting Center, New York

  • The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • Doucement, ParisCONCRET, Paris

  • 2010

    Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, New York

  • Biennial, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York

  • 2009

    Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, New York

  • Something About Nothing, Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery, Ohio State University, Marion

  • How Does Your Garden Grow, Ken Jones Jr. Fine Art, Easton, Pennsylvania

  • 2008

    Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2007

    Sleight of Hand, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, Connecticut

  • 2006

    Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2005

    Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • 2004

    Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York

  • Mark Borghi Fine Art, Bridgehampton, New York

  • 2003

    Gallery 402, New York

  • 2002

    Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

  • 2001

    Gallery 402, New York

  • 2000

    Y2-Klay, The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas

Collections

  • Animal Rescue Fund ARF, East Hampton, New York

  • Centre d’Art et de Culture, Château d’Escueillens, Aude, France

  • Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Collection Mark Hampton

  • Division Street Editions and The Reutershan Educational Trust, Sag Harbor

  • Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York

  • Gracie Mansion, New York

  • Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection

  • Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

  • Lady Juliet and Somerset de Chair