The Art of No Noise
Kevin Devonport Art
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What is Art?
Open your Mind
Nothing but Absurdity
This painting is rubbish
The Facade of Hedonism
I am Everybody and Everybody is Me
Make Love and War
Have a Coke and a smile
Next week I’ll be at the presentation of Anthology V, a book of international artists which I’m in. The book presentation will be at the fine arts circle in Madrid and a copy will be housed in the Spanish National library.
One of my works will be at show in Paris in October 21 – 23 and will receive the International Prize Paris at the Art Shopping Carousel du louvre.
The banana will be exhibited at the museum of modern art in Barcelona this November.
Kevin Devonport is an Award-winning UK emerging artist, currently based at Assembly House studios in Leeds. It could be said that he has had a somewhat unorthodox entry into the Artworld as he originally learnt to paint whilst serving a prison sentence for drug offences. Art has therefore had a significant impact on Kevin’s life by allowing him to re-invent himself as an Artist. Despite not having any formal artistic qualifications, he does hold a First-Class Honours BSc in Sociology that does have an influence on much of his work. In the short time he has become an Artist he has become increasingly recognised. He won a national Koestler award, whilst in prison, for painting at London’s South Bank Centre and since has gained other awards: The Leonardo de Vinci International artist award in Florence, The Olympic art prize 2021 and The Carravagio Master Artist award presented in Milan. His work has now featured across the UK and Europe in a number of prominent exhibitions; with his story and artworks being covered extensively within the UK press.
The Art of No Noise
News and Case Studies
Self-taught or art school? I am a self-taught artist. I learned to paint whilst serving a prison sentence for drug offences so, therefore, discovered my ability to paint quite late on in life. I do however think that an artistic streak was in me as I have always enjoyed visiting galleries etc. but just never imagined I could do it myself. Whilst...
"I never envisioned myself becoming an artist and painted purely as a past time and a means of escapism." In this intimate and revealing interview, we delve into the extraordinary life of Kevin Devonport, an artist whose journey defies conventional paths. Born in Leeds and having experienced the tumultuous worlds of the military, the drug scene,...
A self-confessed career criminal from Leeds who taught himself to paint while serving one of numerous prison sentences for drugs offences is now a full time artist whose work has featured in exhibitions across the UK. Kevin Devonport, who grew up in Swarcliffe and Seacroft, left school with no qualifications and got his first criminal conviction...
A criminal who wracked up jail sentences totalling 24 years after a number of drug-related offences has managed to turn his life around. Introduced to the art of painting while behind bars, 49-year-old Kevin Devenport is now an established and professional artist. What's more, the ex-convict from Yorkshire now wants to help raise money for a...
On the meaning of the knuckledusters! – Knuckledusters being a signature of Devonport’s transition from Criminal to Artist, it pays to drill deeper into his biography in order to be rewarded by a clarity of meaning void of pre-conceptions: It pays to know that Devonport was never a thug, a mugger, an enforcer for someone other; nor has he ever...
Kevin Devonport: Review by Tabish Khan
If humanity ends and future explorers look for what we left behind, will it be our fantastic art and architecture that they uncover or will it be a Coca-Cola bottle that refuses to decompose? Kevin Devonport’s hyper-realist paintings look outwards to society’s addiction to consumerism, bright colours and branded products. Yet he also looks inwards letting a pair of trainers stand in for himself and in a work featuring Campbell’s soup cans and a pair of knuckle-dusters he references both his criminal past and the influence of art that’s taken him away from his former life to one of creating beauty every day from the everyday.