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Original Charcoal and Acrylic Media by Kelly Devine, Titled Indispensable Power



Kelly finds inspiration pertaining to controversial topics through various literary pieces. She will then use some pages from the novel she has chosen as the canvas to paint her interpretation of the book. This painting titled "Indispensable Power" is an original charcoal and acrylic inspired by the book "The Quest" 2011. Her inspiration from this novel was the power of corruption that lies within, the inner struggle. Art is the language I use to speak with honesty to the world around me. It is a mental, emotional, physical, and creative exercise in skill, design, and construction. The challenge is to incorporate myself as an individual then expand into our perception of the world as a society by creating an object that stands on its own while interacting with the viewer. As an artist, my goal is to learn new skills, techniques and expand my knowledge of the art world and the artists who have made it what it is so that I can create impact through art. Humanity is the focus of my attention in the objects I build and the images I make. The art is very human but in a manner that is nearly unreal. It is intended to be a beautiful (not pretty) question mark conveyed and communicated figuratively. My work is an exercise in a subject I know but am not entirely comfortable with and will always question. Collectively we are all conditioned to define normal, pleasing, abnormal, and unacceptable by our respective cultures, whether or not we agree. I feel that my art both mirrors this and at the same time, challenges this by presenting the dualities in the concept, design, and materials used. My purpose is to make the viewer take the time to observe the art, process, and then come to their own interpretation of the work through their own set of experiences, beliefs, and assumptions. The reward is being able to do so and watch. 'There is not a single true work of art that has not in the end added to the inner freedom of each person who has known and loved it.' -Albert Camus Biography Kelley Devine is a Houston-based fine artist who works in a variety of media to explore issues of society and self. Devine received her bachelor's degree in art with an emphasis in sculpture at Southeastern Louisiana University. After graduation, she began to exhibit her works in national and local venues. Additionally, she co-founded several businesses, including an industrial coatings company, a multiple city distribution lifestyle magazine, and a bottled water company. Kelley then went on to work for the Houston Arts Alliance, managing special projects, before becoming a full-time artist. Currently, Devine is pursuing her master's in fine art at Houston Baptist University. Devine describes herself as 'a mother, artist, entrepreneur, and avid cyclist' and says her art helps her communicate what she sees as the opposing forces within the human psyche. 'As a painter and a sculptor, I strive to incorporate the concept of how self-perception and internalization differ from the perceptions and assumptions of others, by combining materials, applications or images that are visually and psychologically contrary to one another.' Today, Devine continues to show her work actively. She is a former member of the Sketchy Neighbors artist group and former participant in the John Palmers 2010 Escapist mentorship program. Highlights include the Red Bull Art of Can 2008, the Red Dot Art Fair 2009, and Additional Support group show for Spacetaker's inaugural gallery opening in 2010. Notable 2011 events include the Artist Project New York, Art Chicago, and Houston Fine Art Fair. In 2012 her work was exhibited at the Los Angeles Art Fair and later at Houston Fashion Week. 2014 included two solo shows, Face Face at Esperson Gallery, Unwhole at Nicole Longnecker Gallery, and a group show of national juried artists selected by Redbull at SCOPE during Art Basel Miami. 2015 highlighted paintings in Sight Insight a solo exhibition at Esperson Gallery. In 2016 Devine was included Trail of Art a monumental public art sculpture juried by Gus Kopriva and Chris Silkwood and held a solo show at Jack Meier Gallery benefiting the Navy SEAL Foundation. 2017 included three juried exhibitions in Corpus Christi, TX, Denver, CO and Ventura, CA. In 2018 Devine exhibited two solo sculpture shows at Victoria College of Fine Arts.


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    Kelly Devine (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 48 in. (121.92 cm)Width: 36 in. (91.44 cm)Depth: 1.0 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (In the Style Of)
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    Los Angeles, CA
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