About Lee Devonish

Lee Devonish

 Muse 2.0 by Lee Devonish, 2012

Art and writing

My work formerly focused on the male form in art, but now it’s about several integrated things – feminism, communication and money.

I paint, draw, carve wood and sculpt clay… and I write.

As a hobby, I tinker with websites and run three blogs, so I often share aspects of digital marketing that are useful for artists.

Biography

Born in Barbados, 1979

Lived in  USA 1998 – 2001

Lived in UK 2001-Present

Education

Goldsmiths College UOL – M.A. Contemporary Art Theory (Merit) 2013

University of Kent, Canterbury – B.A. Hons (1st Class) Fine Art 2012

University of Kent, Canterbury – HND Fine Art 2011 (Distinction)

Massachusetts College of Art – 1999-2000

Queen’s College, Barbados – 1996-1998

More about my art…

My artwork tends to be varied, and it can often be hard to restrict myself to one descriptor as I write, paint, draw and make sculptures. Use the links to jump to different pages or the menu at the top right of the site.

Painting

Fight, 2016 by Lee DevonishI’ve come to develop a love of intense looking when it comes to making paintings – striving for clarity and detail, but trying to make these say something more than mimesis.

I also enjoy the way that the illustrative comes into play when medium is switched from oils to watercolour, and the division between fine art and illustration comes into question.

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Sculpture

Muse 2.0 by Lee Devonish, 2012

My sculptural works combine reductive, additive and casting processes. I often carve wood as well as other materials – paper, cardboard and more – as well as sculpting in clay.

In the past I worked extensively in ceramics – in fact, I majored in ceramics (slipcasting in particular) in my first year of art school.

Although I no longer work exclusively in this medium, the experience of branching out into an almost entirely foreign visual language shaped my love of making, and looking back, I realise that this might have been the point where I could no longer happily define myself in singular terms. I have to make work in a variety of materials.

Printmaking & Drawing

Again, the lines of medium and intention are blurred in this case… I find it interesting to make work that sits between categories, and my handwriting prints straddle monoprint, drawing and painting. I also create screen prints and more rarely, block prints.

Drawing naturally underpins the majority of my creative practice, as the strong focus on observation could not have developed without a commitment to drawing.

My drawn works are more than preparatory pieces, though; they stand in their own right.

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Projects

Use Him, soap sculpture by Lee DevonishI’ve worked on a variety of curatorial projects and installations since 2012 and am currently writing and editing for several websites. I’m bringing several disparate interests together into a project called Foreign Exchange.

This is a departure into the realm of finance, which traditionally excludes women, despite the fact that the world’s economies are fuelled by women’s work.