Jimmy Devine

All and More

 

David Santillanes - Capturing Atmosphere

Artist Reception and Gallery Talk:
Saturday, April 11, 2015,  2-5 pm

 

Please Join Us For This Exciting Featured Artist Exhibition.

 

Showing Through May 2, 2015

What I Do
What I Do

Pencil, 13x7.5, framed Sold

The Searcher
The Searcher

Alkyd, 11.75x20, framed $3600

Rough Rider
Rough Rider

Ink Wash, 7x7.5, framed $900

Good Friends
Good Friends

Pencil, 9.25x5.25, framed $800

No Giving Up
No Giving Up

Pencil, 6.25x9.5, framed $900

Never Been Better
Never Been Better

Watercolor, 8x3.5, framed $650

The Troubleshooter
The Troubleshooter

Watercolor and Gouache, 15.75x10.75, framed $2200

Unstoppable
Unstoppable

Pencil, 13.5x9.75, framed Sold

Relentless
Relentless

Watercolor and Gouache, 4.5x6.5, framed Sold

Here We Are
Here We Are

Pencil, 5x5.5, framed $600

Gotta Get Away
Gotta Get Away

Ball Point Pen and Ink Wash, 13.5x 10.25, framed $1900

Midday
Midday

Alkyd, 10.25x14, framed $2600

Feels Right
Feels Right

Ink Wash, 11x4.75, framed Sold

The Go Getter
The Go Getter

Ball Point Pen and Ink Wash, 8.75x8.25, framed Sold

Ready to Roll
Ready to Roll

Ball Point Pen, 7.5x8, framed Sold

On My Own
On My Own

Ink Wash, 10.5x3.5, framed $900

Cowboy Pride
Cowboy Pride

Watercolor, 15.75x5.75, framed $2000

On the Run
On the Run

Ink Wash, 7 x 4.25, framed $650

The Day is Done
The Day is Done

Watercolor, 7.75x14.25, framed Sold

As 21st-century progress consumes more and more of our pioneering past, the emotional connection with

history that lovers of the Old West long for is getting harder and harder to come by. Thankfully, the fast-fading

world of spurs and sagebrush, cowpokes and pinto ponies will be on full and faithful display beginning Apr. 11 as

Evergreen Fine Art Gallery presents “All and More”, a much-anticipated Wild West show featuring the hauntingly

perfect works of longtime Laramie artist Jimmy Devine.

 

“’All and More’ because I’m trying to show a little bit of everything I do as an artist in this exhibit,”

explains Devine, whose distinctive brand of Western imagery has lassoed the imaginations of collectors across

the country. “There’ll be paintings, oils, watercolors, pencil, ball-point pen, and some spin-offs of my black and

white work, like ink washes.”

 

If that sounds like a pretty scattered herd of media for one artist to corral, understand that Devine

mastered each long before penning his first palomino. A native of New York, he parlayed a degree from Rocky

Mountain College in Billings, Mont., into successive and successful commercial careers in fashion art, television

art direction and sports illustration. Guests to “All and More” will immediately appreciate Devine’s captivating

brand of historical fidelity.

 

“When I used to paint old-time baseball players, I enjoyed doing the research to get the uniforms right,”

he says. “It was a kind of treasure hunt to find the correct historical look and bring the old-time players back to

life. When I decided to paint cowboys, it was an easy decision to focus on Cowboys of the Old West.”

Bringing old times back to life in vivid oils is what Devine does best, although it should be noted that his

rare talent is nowhere more apparent than in those occasional feats he performs using nothing but the humble and

ubiquitous ball-point.

 

“When I was younger I did a lot of pen and ink work. I found that ball-point pen allows me to shade in

softer ways.”

 

Though small in stature, those miniature marvels can easily stand toe-to-toe with anything on the wall in

the National Gallery. And the same can be said of everything that emerges from Devine’s studio, a rodeo parade

of exquisitely painted Polaroids capturing the character, and the characters, of a vanished age, each one the next

best thing to being there.

 

“I suppose striving for perfect realism comes from who I am in my art,” says Devine. “I’ve always

preferred photorealism in others’ artwork. James Bama and Richard Estes come to mind. I find their abilities

incredible.

 

“Someone once told me to paint a painting, not a picture. But I find it exhilarating to paint a picture

photo-realistically.”

 

Whether they’re looking for top-tier art, or a stroll into Western history, guests to Evergreen Fine Art this

April will find all they could ever hope for, and plenty more, besides.