Eric Dever

left: Eric Dever, NSIBTW-40, oil on canvas 72 x 72 inches 2014
right: Eric Dever, NSIBTW-22, oil on linen 72 x 72 inches 2014
images courtesy Berry Campbell Gallery, photo Gary Mamay

Congratulations to first time Art in Embassies artist, Eric Dever!
His paintings are now living in the U.S. Consul General Hong Kong exhibition, featuring paintings titled NSIBTW-40 and NSIBTW-22, oil on canvas and linen, each measuring 72 x 72 inches. These paintings are part of a larger body of work—24 paintings, a selection first exhibited in 2014 by Berry Campbell Gallery, New York; followed by an installation, The Rose Chapel, at Kaiser Gallery, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. Additional paintings are part of notable public collections including the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill,
New York, Grey Gallery/New York University Art Collection, and Guild Hall Musuem, East Hampton, New York.

Painting exclusively with black, red and white for over 10 years, Dever’s palette represents qualities that bind all of existence.

Over time, I have come to associate this palette with shifting qualities of weight, energy, and lightness, which are embodied in the rose paintings; some feel like carved stone, others explosive or very light. The starting point for this group of paintings, both in its essence, genus, was a rose from my garden, which I deconstructed, letting the energetic qualities of color, line, and form emerge.

—Eric Dever, Water Mill, New York, 2015

Dever’s work was also featured last summer in a lecture by Gail Levin, Distinguished Professor of Art History, Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center, American Art and India: Cultural Exchange Among Artists of India and the United States, at the Pollock Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York. Upcoming one-artist exhibitions include Light, Energy and Matter, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, Summer 2017.

Elemental and exacting, Dever’s paintings make you feel like he invented color.
—Janet Goleas, Blinnk, East Hampton, New York

The Radical nature of Dever’s proposal has an overwhelming sincerity, a beautiful correlation between that alchemic notion of ex nihilo creation. —Rrose, Maquinariadelanube, Barcelona, Spain

Dever is a must-see…His rose breaking thru metallic black fills you with energy.
—Gail Sheehy, author, journalist, and lecture

Eric Dever, NSIBTW 40 and NSIBTW 22,
US Consulate Hong Kong, 2016

US Consul General Hong Kong, Kurt Tong, addressing Thanksgiving lunch gathering for MCDH Memorial College
and Project WeCan, December 6, 2016.

photo credit: U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong, copyright 2016

Eric Dever, Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, 2014

The Rose Chapel, Kaiser Gallery, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, 2014

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Reproduction prohibited except by permission of the artist. Artwork photography by Gary Mamay.