Richard Devereux, Continuous Now

November 14th – December 20th, 2015

Opening, November 14th, 2 – 5pm



About the Exhibition

Richard Devereux’s work makes no reference to the outside world it is both narrative-free and self-sufficient, consequently, a meditative quality emerges offering visual experiences that are both nourishing and contemplative. “The work continually evolves, the work carries me – it knows far more than I do – I’m simply a facilitator”.
(RD 2015)


“This is Richard Devereux’s first one-person exhibition with Tarpey Gallery and we can’t wait to see the work transform our main exhibition space.”

Luke Tarpey, Gallery Director


“In Richard Devereux’s work I see imagery that offers no clear-cut answers, you cannot really say “what is it?”
because the work leads you into another world where it is up to you whether to grasp that chance or not.
He has an instinctive manner of working, the execution of a piece might be sudden and quick, but that ́s only a testament to nearly forty years of practice. One could say that the time Richard Devereux spends on a specific artwork is not a long process, but the years leading up to the finished artwork and the time the viewer spends digesting the work is vast as there are layers upon layers waiting to be discovered, both for us and for him.”

Aslak Høyersten VISP, Organisation for Visual Arts, Norway


His work is held in numerous private, national and international collections including: The Sackner Archive, USA; The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Siena Art Institute, Italy; Tate Gallery Library, London; Tsukuba Dojo, Japan; The Usher Gallery, Lincoln; Van Abbemuseum, Holland; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. He has maintained a studio in the City of Lincoln for thirty six years.


About The Work

The work is made by using a high-density pigment which is applied to a 100% cotton fibre membrane. By employing conventional masking methods and a variety of ‘pressure dispersal techniques’ – which have evolved over extensive periods of experimentation – the unique surface evolves as the dispersal flow is disturbed and randomised by a form of ‘particle interference’. The finished membrane is then mounted and then coated with several applications of archival, water-clear, acid-free, matt varnish.


b. 1956 UK. Lives and works in Lincoln, UK Portsmouth College of Art, UK 1974–77


Artist Statement

Visual art is rich in its ability to side-step the dystopia of intellectual noise. Its purpose is frequently lost in the brittle veneer of cerebral jousting. Unfettered by the distractions and interference of analytical self-gratification, it can remain pure and ineffable, fulfilling a very human need – that of stilling the mind.


One Person Exhibitions
2015 New Works by Richard Devereux Galleri Mjøsvågen, Norway
2014 Encounters Roselidden Centre for Reflection and Creativity, Cornwall 2013 New Works Showing Space, Lincoln
2012 Encounters Take Precedence Courtyard Gallery, The Collection, Lincoln 2007 This is Our Intense Desire Bend in the River, Gainsborough
2005 Works: 1995-2005 Bend in the River, Gainsborough
2004 Shadows and Other Works Maltby Art, Winchester
2003 Seeing Silence Atrium Gallery Bournemouth University
2003 Recent Works Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester
2002 Silent Portals Yorkshire Sculpture Park
2001 Gathering Light Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester
2000 Thresholds Hart Gallery, London
1998 Source Hart Gallery, London
1997 Casting Visions Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
1995 Primordium Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire
1994 In Stillness and In Silence The Gallery in Cork Street, London
1994 In Stillness and In Silence, Usher Gallery, Lincoln
1989 Beyond the Hall of Dreams New Art Centre, London
1988 On Sacred Ground Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire
1987 Assembled Rites Artsite, Bath
1984 Circles Usher Gallery, Lincoln
1980 Recent Works Hiscock Gallery, Portsmouth


Group Exhibitions (Selected)
2015 Nottingham Castle Open
2015 WORKS: Hannah Devereux | Richard Devereux Showing Space,Lincoln 2015 Tarpey Gallery Castle Donington
2012 Midlands Open Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
2011 Midlands Open, Tarpey Gallery, Castle Donington
2011 Reading Pictures Vanerbilt University Fine Arts Gallery, Nashville,USA 2011 Drawing Connections Siena Art Institute, Italy
2011 Surface Gallery Open Nottingham
2008 New Acquisitions Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2008 Art Loan Collection Bournmouth University
2007 Art Loan Collection Bournmouth University
2007 Lacerta private gallery, Dorset
2006 Lacerta private gallery, Dorset
2002 The Artist’s House New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire
2001 Drawing on Our Past Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham
2001 Within a Distant Prospect Harewood House, Leeds
1999 Peter Bartlow Gallery Chicago, USA
1999 Art 99 Miami, USA
1998 20th Century British Art Fair RCA, London
1997 Distance and Proximity Cheltenham Art Gallery
1997 Elemental Visions Winchester Contemporary Art
1997 Art 28! Basel, Switzerland
1996 Art 27! Basel, Switzerland
1996 Travaux Publics Peninsula Gallery and Van Abbemuseum, Holland
1995 Art 26! Basel, Switzerland
1995 Alchemy Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and Ickworth House, Suffolk
1994 Arco Madrid, Spain
1994 Art 25! Basel, Switzerland
1992 The Solstice Cairn Gallery, Gloucestershire
1990 The Journey Usher Gallery and Lincoln Cathedral
1988–05 New Art Centre Roche Court, Wiltshire


Bibliography (Selected)
2015 Aftenposten 9. August (Norway)
2015 Bergens Tidende Søndag Kultur & Debatt, 9. August (Norway)
2015 Bygdanytt Frå Tate til Møsvågen, 7. August (Norway)
2008 Landscape for Art Yorkshire Sculpture Park, ISBN 1871480620
2008 Art Loan Scheme Bournemouth University
2007 Art Loan Scheme Bournemouth University
2002 Silent Portals Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Lynne Green
2002 Silent Portals The Times, 3 March, Amber Cowen’s Best Exhibitions
1999 House and Gardens Vol 54, No 5
1998 20th Century British Art Fair RCA
1997 Casting Visions (catalogue) ISBN 0-900943-98-X
1995 Travaux Publics Peninsula Gallery, Holland, ISBN 90-74806-09-0
1994 In Stillness and In Silence (catalogue) ISBN 0-86111-209-1
1991 Stone Paces Mary Sara, Contemporary Art, Vol 2, No 3
1990 The Journey Lincolnshire County Council, ISBN 0-948265-99-X
1987 Assembled Rites, works by Richard Devereux (limited edition artists’ book)


Collections – UK
Bodlian Library, Oxford Bournemouth University
Chelsea School of Art, London Huddersfield Art Gallery Manchester Metropolitan University The National Library of Wales
The National Trust
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Tate Gallery Library, London
Cambridge University Library
Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Wright Vigar, Lincoln
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Vancouver Art Gallery
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
Tsukuba Dojo, Ibaraki Prefecture
Harvard University, Massachusetts New York City Public Library Sackner Archive, Miami Florida Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA


Tarpey Gallery
77 High Street
Castle Donington
De74 2pq

Opening Times

Thursday – Sunday
10am – 5pm


Luke Tarpey – 07772404293


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