Evergreen Fine Art, April 11-May 2
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With pen or pencil, watercolor or alkyd, western artist Jimmy Devine encapsulates the Old West in vivid realism. Fifteen to 20 new works by Devine are on view in a solo show this month at Evergreen Fine Art, which begins with an artist’s reception and talk on Saturday, April 11. “The title of the show is All and More because he’s showing every medium he knows how to do,” says the gallery’s director of exhibitions, Doug Kacena. “Jimmy does magnificent drawings with ballpoint pen, graphite pencil work, watercolors, and alkyds. There will be a little bit of everything in this one.”
Growing up in New York City, Devine discovered his love of drawing in middle school, copying the figures of athletes he saw in the sports pages. His mother encouraged his talents by taking him to a workshop at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Later he attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT, to play football; he earned a degree in fine art and went on to work as an art director and illustrator. By the late 1970s the West had won him over, and he and his wife, whom he calls his greatest supporter, have lived in Wyoming ever since.
Fascinated with the look and culture of the West, Devine focuses his work on cowboys and other scenes from the past, aiming to transport viewers back to a different, simpler time. “He concentrates on the cowboy culture, the fast-fading world of the West we have out here,” Kacena says. “But the execution of his work is what really sets it apart. It’s incredibly meticulous and very detail-oriented.”
Devine’s inspiration comes from visiting rodeos, watching western films, and looking at other great western art. “For me it might be the look of a cowboy in a movie scene. Or I’ll go to a rodeo and see a cowboy in a certain pose, and it strikes me. There’s an endless supply of inspiration,” Devine says. “The looks of the Old West are just great, and it’s neat to try to bring something from the past back to life.” —Joe Kovack
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