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

Works by Eric Dever ask the viewer to ponder the phenomenon of change, an observation on the impermanence and mutability of life…Dever skillfully manipulates the processes of repetition and cropping to enforce this notion of the transitory as do his reworked surfaces. —Philip Verre, director, Hudson River Museum of Art

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 (born, Los Angeles, 1962) moved to New York in 1986 to study painting and critical theory at NYU/Steinhardt (MA’88-studio art). His work since the early 1990’s has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Dever is represented by Berry Campbell Gallery, New York.

Dever’s paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in many venues, including Paris CONCRET, France; Centre d’Art et de Rencontres, Saint Just en Bellengard, France; Marymount California University, San Pedro; Arizona State University, Phoenix; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York; the Painting Center, New York; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Islip Art Museum, New York; Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Sag Harbor, New York; Heckscher Museum of Art, New York; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York; Ohio State University, Marion; Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York; The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales; PS 122, New York; Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio; and Art in General, New York.

Dever’s paintings are part of notable public collections including the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; Grey Art Gallery/New York University Art Collection; Guild Hall Musuem, East Hampton, New York; Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York; Centre d'Art et de Culture, Château d’Escueillens, Saint Just en Bellengard, France; New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, FishBridge Park.
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

related images: The History of 2 Paintings

Dever studio, Water Mill, New York, 2014

Eric Dever, Berry Campbell Gallery, New York, 2014

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

US Consulate Hong Kong, Art in Embassies, Department of State, 2016