Opening reception: Thursday 15 September, 6pm-8pm
Berry Campbell presents its third exhibition of paintings by Eric Dever (b. 1962). Eric Dever: To Look at Things in Bloom features 19 recent paintings created in the artist’s Water Mill, New York, studio.
The name Dever chose for this body of work, To Look at Things in Bloom, is adapted from a line of verse in the Loveliest of Trees by the English classical scholar and poet, A. E. Housman (1859-1936). These paintings continue the artist’s exploration of nature, inspired by his surroundings from his childhood in Los Angeles to his present-day home in Eastern Long Island.
In the exhibition catalogue essay, Gail Levin writes: “Not surprisingly, Dever’s new pictures do not seek to replicate nature, but instead vibrate between representation and abstraction, a kind of rhythmic dance expressing both what he later recalls in his mind’s eye and, simultaneously, how exhilarated he feels while he loses himself in nature. He relies upon self-discipline or self-study, some of which he has absorbed from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Yet Dever’s very personal observations of nature reflect in part his own journey from Los Angeles, where he was born in 1962, and grew up, to New York City, where he received his Master of Arts degree in painting at New York University in 1988.”
Eric Dever was the recipient of a 2020 Warhol Foundation/Nature Conservancy-Montauk Project Artist residency and was the 2021/2022 Artist in Residence at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York. In 2022, his painting, October 10th, was chosen for the Art in Embassies Program for the United States Embassy Residence in Helsinki, Finland. In January 2022, Dever gave a lecture, Nature into Art, at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York. Recently the Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, acquired a painting for its permanent collection.
Eric Dever, Lily of the Nile, 2022 Oil on linen, 72 x 120 in. (182.9 x 304.8 cm)