Kevin Demery

American, b. 1992

Kevin Demery is an artist, poet and historian whose work transverses painting and sculpture and explores the interplay between North American history and signifiers of power. His painterly language invites us to move between the potent aesthetic of his work and recurring motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. Demery received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Kevin Demery - Paintings and Sculptures

Works

Kevin Demery: Boy Looks Like a Man

Boy Looks Like a Man

Painting

2017

Coins, black beans, handbag, collage and acrylic on canvas

92,0 x 92,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Bricks

Bricks

Painting

2018

Oil stick, chalk and acrylic on canvas

92,0 x 92,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Colors Above

Colors Above

Painting

2018

Chain, leather and canvas bags, sandals, chalk and acrylic on canvas

137,5 x 137,5 cm

Kevin Demery: I Heard God Laughing

I Heard God Laughing

Sculpture (wind chime)

2018

Pine wood, conduit pipes, aluminum and acrylic

61,0 x 45,0 cm

Kevin Demery: I Saw It Coming

I Saw It Coming

Painting

2018

Charcoal, collage and acrylic on panel

40,5 x 40,5 cm

Kevin Demery: In Support of Your Child

In Support of Your Child

Painting

2018

Sneakers, shoestring, collage and acrylic on canvas

122,5 x 107,5 cm

Kevin Demery: In the Wilderness and Windfall of Our Existence

In the Wilderness and Windfall of Our Existence

Sculpture (wind chime)

2018

Pine wood, conduit pipes, aluminum and acrylic

81,0 x 45,0 cm

Kevin Demery: No Outlet

No Outlet

Painting

2018

Chain, leather bag, collage and acrylic on canvas

61,0 x 61,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Thankful for the Inheritance of the Blues

Thankful for the Inheritance of the Blues

Painting

2018

Cardboard letters, various handbags, coins, glitter, collage and acrylic on canvas

76,5 x 76,5 cm

Kevin Demery: Jumbalaya Hot Spring

Jumbalaya Hot Spring

Painting

2019

Wreath, rice, collage and acrylic on canvas

61,0 x 61,0 cm

Kevin Demery: Untitled

Untitled

Painting

2019

Rope, cardboard stars, coins, collage and acrylic on canvas

51,0 x 51,0 cm


Biography

Kevin Demery was born in 1992 in Oakland. He is a 2014 BFA graduate of the California College of the Arts and a 2018 MFA graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2013, he has shown in solo and group shows in both public and private art exhibition spaces across the Unites States. He recently participated in two artist residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha (NE) and the Acre Artist in Residence in Steuben (WI).

Kevin Demery's works explore the interplay between North American history and signifiers of power, developing a painterly language that invites us to move between the potent aesthetic of his work and recurring motifs of historical violence, surveillance and childhood trauma. His most recent series of works show photo cut outs on the background of geometric color blocks with objects hanging from ropes or chains draped over the canvas, thereby merging the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional to form poetic snippets of history and collective reflection.

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2019

2015

2014

2014

Group Exhibitions

2019

2018

2017

2015

2014

2013


Publications