Eric Dever

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 are currently on view in the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau, Art in Embassies, Department of State exhibition, and 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. Dever's work was recently included in the permanent collection exhibition, Parrish Perspectives: Art in Context, curated by Alicia G. Longwell at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; recent one-artist exhibitions include Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California (July 2017); New York University, New York; Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York; and Berry Campbell Gallery, New York.

Eric Dever’s meticulous abstract paintings are deeply informed by a discursive range of disciplines, including art history, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality. He deftly combines an orderly commitment to the ineffable materiality of paint with an expansive and sincere curiosity for the manifold dimensions of our gracefully complex existence. These two creative and intellectual imperatives work in productive concert with one another on his captivating canvases.
—Cynthia Hooper, Artist and Professor of Art at College of the Redwoods

These repetitions of forms and other planned elements, together with his more gestural painting of the rest of the canvas, creates a charged tension between spontaneity and organization.

—Jennifer Landes, The East Hampton Star, 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

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

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

Dever’s paintings have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in many venues, including the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; 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; Southampton Art Center, Southampton, 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; and numerous corporate and private collections including the Coca Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia; Sub Zero Freezer Company, Madison, Wisconsin; Gracie Mansion, Lady Juliet and Somerset de Chair, and Mark Hampton.