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© 2019 by Thomas Devaney.  Proudly created by Emma Jennings.

Education:

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

Master of Fine Art in Sculpture, 1988.

 

Boston University, Boston, MA 

Bachelor of Fine Art in Sculpture, 1986

Professional Experience:

2006 – present

Owner and Operator  - T. Devaney Fine Arts

 

1991- 2005

The Sculpture Studio – self-employed

Private instruction for groups and individuals in sculpture and figure drawing.  In addition, the scope of my business includes the production

of my work in sculpture, commissions, and technical assistance for other artists including but not limited to enlargements, mold making,

fabrication, and restoration.  Recent projects include two large-scale outdoor commissions.

 

1988-1990

Skylight Studios, Boston, MA

A sculptor for a private company providing technical assistance to artists.  Worked on several large public commissions as well as architectural restorations.   

ABOUT

TOM DEVANEY

Artist Statement:

Love, zealotry, capitalism, and religion fuel my creativity.  I am a sculptor, and I am a painter.  Utilizing a variety of traditional methods and modern techniques in making my artwork allows me to communicate more than one point of view.  Taking this multi-faceted approach seems logical and allows me to examine the complexities of the human experiences I wish to explore.  I find the physicality of painting and sculpting, the layering on and the carving away, fundamental to my ability to dissect and interpret the moral ambiguity and contradictions that are ever-present in the contemporary issues I find so compelling.
I seek to translate these varying degrees of grey through my allegorical, frequently black and white compositions which include large scale paintings and 3-dimensional works.  I often find myself working on several pieces at a time which leads to a reciprocal relationship between my paintings and sculpture.  The connection between the two influences how the work evolves independently and together.  This give and take process of discovery helps me to determine the best way to convey some of the struggles we face in our culture and society.


As an artist, I perceive a situation, internalize it, and then seek to make sense of it through my art.  My mind tends toward the epic. I try to make sense of the whole, yet I am committed to understanding and respecting the little parts.  This, in turn, is how my finished paintings and sculpture are meant to be experienced by the viewer.  They are often very large and not easily readable in a single glance.  I want to share my observations in the way I believe these diverse issues should be examined from many vantage points, but also through a wider lens that acknowledges their commonality.

Teaching & Lecturing:

2010 - present

New Hampshire Technical Institute,

Concord, NH 03301

Teaching Figure Sculpture, Figure Drawing, and 3D Design.

 

1995-1998

Silvermine School of Art, New Caanan, CT

Taught sculpture at a private art school.

 

1993

Newburgh Jewish Community Center, Newburgh, NY

Taught sculpture for adults.

 

1992

Mount St. Mary’s College, Newburgh, NY

Taught 2-D Design course to undergraduates.

 

1988-1990

Boston Architectural Center, Boston, MA

Taught an undergraduate figure drawing course.

 

1986-1988

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Taught figure drawing and sculpture to undergraduates.

 

1985-1986

Boston University, Boston, MA

Technical assistant for the sculpture department. 

Exhibitions

Essex Art Association

Hollycroft Invitational Indoor/Outdoor 50/50 Exhibition

Ivoryton and Essex, CT

 

Hollycroft Foundation and Contemporary Sculptors Guild

Hollycroft Invitational Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 

Ivoryton, CT

 

Arts Council of Orange County, New York

3-D in ’94

Middletown, NY

Work selected by David Collins, Director of Storm King Art Center and Maureen Megerian, Associate Curator of Storm King Art Center.

 

College Art Association

Statements ’94

St. Thomas Aquinus College, Sparkill, NY

Works selected by Ingrid Boffi, Cheryl Wolfe, and Dr. George Bobby Jones.

 

Middletown Arts Center

Middletown Arts Center Invitational

Middletown, NY

 

The Children’s Museum

Solo Exhibition

Boston, MA

 

Rutherford Gallery

Solo Exhibition

Boston, MA

 

Central Market Gallery

Solo Exhibition

Lancaster, PA

 

MRL Fine Arts Gallery

Group Exhibition

Long Beach, CA

 

Copley Society

Juried Group Show

Boston, MA