1974, Elmhurst, IL
1996, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
Alex Devereux and Richard Laurent
Painting: Photorealism and Magic Realism
March 9 – April 13, 2013
Opening Reception Saturday, March 9, 4 – 7:30pm
2013 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (Schlitz Beer)
2012 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (BOXCAR)
2012 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (Clark St)
2011 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (Corner Garage)
2011 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (Clark Station)
2011 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (Proviso Yard)
2010 ArtSlant.com Showcase Winner (Highway 61)
2010, "GALEX 44" Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL (Doll Face)
Alex Devereux’s art seeks to explore a quiet significance and hidden beauty in commonplace contemporary objects and locations. Central to his art are a fascination with compelling subtleties of everyday subjects and a reverent appreciation for the unexamined details of time and place.
One of his recurring themes is a rural American landscape embodying a quiet pathos of abandonment and decay expressed in still images of rundown gas stations, lifeless general stores, weathered signage, and sprawling railroad yards. Ranging from lurid neon to incandescent urban glare, subtle variations of atmospheric and artificial lighting accentuate the quiet simplicity of his landscapes.
Devereux seeks out the overlooked and has a relentless fascination with such details as peeling paint on an old abandoned storefront or the fleeting shadows and eerie luminescence of old street lamps.
The careful melding of naturalistic and idealized subject matter is designed to evoke contemplation and memory. Each subject presents a unique challenge —an opportunity to discover a hidden essence. These subjects typically represent vintage mid-America – an era of implied simplicity.
Alex Devereux is a Chicago based artist with a parallel career as a graphic designer. He has received 6 showcases on artslant.com and has been featured in Catapult art magazine.
Devereux has been painting and drawing for as along as he can remember. He studied Illustration and graphic design at the Academy Of Art, Chicago. His biggest inspiration growing up was his grandfather who was a commercial artist for Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Nabisco- to name a few.