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Last updated: 11/29/05

What’s New:
Library Exhibit through December 23, 2005
Bringing Thoughts to the Light by Rick Devin

Visitors to the University of Rhode Island Library on the Kingston Campus will find the gallery walls full of emotion as they present “Bringing Thoughts to the Light.”

The exhibit will feature Hope Valley artist Rick Devin’s acrylic paintings and soft sculpture from Nov. 28 through Dec. 23, 2005. Free and open to the public, the gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to midnight.

“I have arranged my work in a loose chronological order so the viewer may follow the thread of my thoughts,” Devin said in his artist’s statement. “Some may seem frayed, but there is order somewhere in the chaos. Each piece was created at a certain moment in my life and tries to convey where my mind was at that moment in time.”

There are a number of recurring themes in his work, including moons, clocks and faces. Devin said he views these images as a constantly changing object and a one-of-a-kind look.

Working as a full time artist and designer since 1970, Devin has directed the Wickford Art Festival, designed sets for various performances, published a book of drawings and taught art at the Institute de Manifikat in Jeremie, Haiti. Devin received his teaching certificate from URI in 1980 and his Bachelor of Arts in environmental design from Pointe Park College in Pittsburgh in 1970.
 


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Artist’s Statement...

I create in a variety of mediums trying to present my ideas and feelings to the viewer. Each piece is a sign post in my career. I believe that repetition is the root of stagnation. Each work is perhaps but a starting point for a new direction.

I have arranged my work in a loose chronological order so the viewer may follow the thread of my thoughts. Some may seem frayed, but there is order somewhere in the chaos. Each piece was created at a certain moment in my life and tries to convey where my mind was at that moment in time. There are a number of reoccurring themes in my work, such as moons, clocks and faces. I view these images as a constant, an always changing object and a one of a kind look.

My work is drawn from within and is often mixed with memories, hopes, fears and past conversations. "Creativity can only be energized by change". I am constantly seeking a reaction, whether it is positive or negative, because it is necessary for my existence as an artist. I paint in acrylic, allowing the basic idea to be complete in one sitting. I am then able to go back and rework the piece for detail and coherency.

I maintain a studio and gallery in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. I can be reached at 539-8627 or via e-mail rickdevinltd@yahoo.com.  I welcome your comments.

— Rick Devin

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