“I want to convey the idea of enjoying the simple things of life, such as reading a book or preparing a meal.”*
Michael DeVore (b.1982) is an artist trained in the classical realist tradition. Michael grew up in Oklahoma City, OK where his step-grandmother Marion DeVore, who had helped found the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, recognized when he was very young that he had a great talent for drawing. With the encouragement and support of his family he won many competitions and awards in his home state before going on to major in art at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. After graduating in 2005 Michael felt he was still lacking good skills in drawing and painting. Determined to learn the ways and techniques of the old masters he went to Italy to attend The Florence Academy of Art. During his studies in Italy, Michael was honored to have one of his figure drawings added to the private collection of The Academy’s student works.
Michael was featured as an “Artist to Watch” in the October 2012 issue of Southwest Art Magazine and was selected in 2014 for the magazine’s Artistic Excellence Award. He has exhibited with Oil Painters of America, The International Guild of Realism, Greenhouse Gallery Salon International, The National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society, and The Artists Guild.
Artist website: http://www.michaeldevore.net/
Excerpts from The Spirit of the Old Masters, Southwest Art Magazine, October 2012.
” I do find myself looking to past masters and trying to do my own take on their works. Nowadays people are in such a hurry, they are working so hard, and they are distracted by technology. I want to convey the idea of enjoying the simple things of life, such as reading a book or preparing a meal. I want people to see the beauty in simple objects. Even Rembrandt’s early paintings were very tight, but as he got older, he was trying not to make things look realistic, and it was more about what he could do with the paint. That’s where I want to go with my paintings.”
Gallery 5 – Michael DeVore – Narratives
Gallery 4 – Michael DeVore 20 Landscapes
Gallery 3 – Sublime Quiet
Gallery 2 – Michael DeVore – Still Lifes 2
Gallery 1 – Michael Devore – The Simple Things