Artists-in-Residence (AIR) Program Summer 2019 Devin Reynolds
Joan Mitchell Center Artist-in-Residence
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New Orleans, LA
Devin Reynolds is a painter based in New Orleans. He received a BA in Architecture from Tulane University in 2017. Originally from Venice Beach, CA, Reynolds grew up working as a deckhand on The Betty O, a local sportfishing boat. He was raised between flea markets, yard sales, and the beach. His first encounters with art-making came in his early twenties in the form of graffiti. His obsession for graffiti took off when he began painting his assumed alias on the sides of freight cars that traverse the railroads of North America. Devin’s art practice finds itself at the intersection of graffiti and his love for nostalgic Americana design and sign painting, through the lense of his biracial upbringing in Los Angeles. In 2018, his work was featured in the solo exhibition Tyrone Don’t Surf at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans. He has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York; Core Gallery, New Orleans; The Chamber, Tacoma, WA; UNO Gallery St. Claude, New Orleans; and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, where he was awarded “Best in Show” in Louisiana Contemporary (2017). In 2018, he was awarded an Early Art Practitioners Residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
“Beyond the beauty of visible mark making in hand-painted signage and pre-computer-generated advertising, my work is strongly influenced by a transdisciplinary look at techniques used to translate ideas by way of color, scale, and composition. My current works are often a satire on personal experience, pop culture, and historical subject matter as I continue to dissect the makeup of my identity.”
Be a Good Boy, 2019, acrylic, spray enamel, oil, paper, 96 x 240 inches
The Good Boy was a Bad Man, 2019, acrylic, spray enamel, oil stick, paper, clay, colored pencil, 96 x 240 inches
Untitled, 2019, acrylic, spray enamel, oil stick, paper, clay, colored pencil, 48 x 48 inches
Family Tree, the undoing, 2017, acrylic, spray enamel, oil, 42 x 7 inches
Untouchable until the end, 2019, acrylic, spray enamel, oil, paper, clay, colored pencil, 72 x 144 inches
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