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Eric Dever

Statement/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.

CV

b. 1962, Los Angeles, California
1984, Bachelor of Arts, California Lutheran College, Thousand Oaks, California
1988, Master of Arts, New York University

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Cloître des Billettes, Paris, Moments Ephémères, 1991.
Hudson River Museum, Hastings on the Hudson, New York, Meditations, 1991.
ARC Gallery, Chicago, La Comédie Humaine, 1994.
Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1995.
Nicholas Davies Gallery, New York, Le Désert de Retz et Parc Monceau, 1997.
Everything is Everything, Brooklyn, 4 Funerals and 2 Follies, 1998.
Centre d’Art et de Rencontres, Château d’Escueillens, Saint-Just en Bellengard, France, Diamonds and Rust, 2004.
White Room, Soho House, New York, East End Paintings, 2004.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, Perennial Histories, 2005.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, New York, White Paintings 2007-9, 2009.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, Black as White, 2011.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, Red White and Black Paintings, 2012.
Berry Campbell, New York, Eric Dever, 2014.
Frank and Gertrude Kaiser Art Gallery, Molloy College, The Rose Chapel, 2014.
New York University, Kimmel Galleries, Passion, Clarity, and Dark Inertia, 2015.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
PS 122, New York, Out of Landscape, 1990.
Art in General, New York, Salon Show, (curated by Holly Block), 1992.
Renée Fotouhi Gallery East, East Hampton, New York, 1992.
Catskill Gallery, Catskill, New York, View from Olana: A Survey of Contemporary Landscape Art, 1993.
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, Scene and Unscene, 1993.
Renée Fotouhi Gallery East, East Hampton, New York, 1993.
Spaces, Cleveland, Ohio, History Painting, 1993.
Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1994.
ACME Art Co., Columbus, Ohio, 1995.
Renée Fotouhi Gallery East, East Hampton, New York, 1995.
Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1996.
Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1997.
Coleman Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1998.
Sculpture Center, New York, 1999.
The Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock, Texas, Y2-Klay, 2000.
Gallery 402, New York, 2001.
Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 2002.
Gallery 402, New York, 2003.
Mark Borghi Fine Art, Bridgehampton, New York, 2004.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, 2004.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, 2005.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, 2006.
Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, Connecticut, 2007.
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sleight of Hand, 2007.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, 2008.
Ken Jones Jr. Fine Art, Easton, Pennsylvania, How Does Your Garden Grow, 2009.
Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery, Ohio State University, Marion, Something About Nothing, 2009.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, New York, 2009.
Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, Biennial, 2010.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, New York, 2010.
ParisCONCRET, Paris, Doucement, 2011.
Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, The Big Show, 2011.
The Painting Center, New York, Grey Matter, 2011.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, 2012.
Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York, 2012.
ParisCONCRET, Paris, Poste Concret, 2013.
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, New York, A Whale of a Show, 2013.
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, New York, Meditation Room, 2013.
Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, New York, A Whale of a Show, 2014.
Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York, Redacted: Connecting Dots Through a Shifting Field (curated by Janet Goleas), 2014.
Guild Hall, Member’s Show, 2015.
Berry Campbell. Summer Selections, 2015
Arkansas Art Center, The 47th Collectors Show. Little Rock, Arkansas, 2015
Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Somewhere Between Black & White, 2015

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
Animal Rescue Fund ARF, East Hampton, New York
Centre d’Art et de Culture, Château d’Escueillens, Aude, France
Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Grey Art Gallery, New York University Art Collection
Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York
Sub Zero Freezer Company, Madison, Wisconsin