DEVON by Devon Grimes is an ongoing exploration of the world in which fine art meets design. On this platform, Devon gives herself permission to creatively explore what she wants without parameters or cohesion. Featured themes are based on specific aspects of Devon’s daily life that excite and inspire her. Her works on paper draw from her lifelong obsession of linear movement and unsuspecting color relationships. She explores her subjects in planes of shape that she then flattens with color. Although she prefers to study the human face, her almost decade long career in floral design + styling taught her that flowers and food make for compelling substitutes.
Interested in applying her portraits onto wearable product, she designed her first commissioned top which eventually sparked her creation of the “Where Are the Women?” sweatshirts and the birth of Devon's wearable brand.
Three of Devon's recent paintings can be seen installed above the bar at Danny Meyer's iconic Union Square Cafe, in Manhattan. Her recent body of works on canvas were exhibited at the Spring and Fall Brooklyn 2022 editions of The Other Art Fair (TOAF), the Spring 2023 London and Brooklyn TOAF editions and the Fall 2023 LA TOAF. Limited works from these shows can be seen and purchased here on the "paintings" page, via Instagram under her "available" highlight or on her Saatchi Art and COHART profiles.
Devon has interviews featured in issue 20 of Ginger Zine (a creative feminist magazine), "Meet the Maker" by HudCo (a creative co-working space and blog), and most recently in Saatchi Art’s 2023 “One to Watch” interview series titled, "Finding Beauty in the Everyday with Devon Grimes." Her booth at TOAF was featured in HyperAllergic's November 2023 article, "The Other Art Fair Lives Up to Its Name."
Devon's recent works are regularly updated on her Instagram. These are sold on a first to claim basis. Take a look there when you need a new piece for your home or stop by and see some of her smaller works on paper and prints in person every weekend at the Brooklyn Flea, in DUMBO (80 Pearl St).
Raised in Virginia, Devon holds a degree in oil painting from the University of Virginia. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not painting, she frequents acting classes and poetry readings while occasionally picking up parts-modeling campaigns.
Photo by Doan Ly