In my work as a urban landscape painter, I really want to show the simpleness of small town or even big city america, lit up by the sun in the day or lit up by the incandescent and flourescent lights at night.
I try and find places to paint that most people would just overlook, I see the beauty in these places just by the subtle lighting and delicate details. my lifes work focuses on the commitment and persistence required to perfect this art form.
1974, Elmhurst, IL
1996, American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL
Alex Devereux’s art seeks to explore a quiet significance and hidden beauty in commonplace contemporary objects and locations. Central to his art are a fascination with compelling subtleties of everyday subjects and a reverent appreciation for the unexamined details of time and place.
One of his recurring themes is a rural American landscape embodying a quiet pathos of abandonment and decay expressed in still images of rundown gas stations, lifeless general stores, weathered signage, and sprawling railroad yards. Ranging from lurid neon to incandescent urban glare, subtle variations of atmospheric and artificial lighting accentuate the quiet simplicity of his landscapes.
Devereux seeks out the overlooked and has a relentless fascination with such details as peeling paint on an old abandoned storefront or the fleeting shadows and eerie luminescence of old street lamps.
The careful melding of naturalistic and idealized subject matter is designed to evoke contemplation and memory. Each subject presents a unique challenge —an opportunity to discover a hidden essence. These subjects typically represent vintage mid-America – an era of implied simplicity.
Alex Devereux is a Chicago based artist with a parallel career as a graphic designer. He has received 7 showcases on artslant.com and has been featured in Catapult art magazine.
Devereux has been painting and drawing for as along as he can remember. He studied Illustration and graphic design at the Academy Of Art, Chicago. His biggest inspiration growing up was his grandfather who was a commercial artist for Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and Nabisco- to name a few.