Devin Reynolds’s painting practice sits at the intersection of numerous visual languages and is indebted to the history of Western painting, architecture, muralism, graphic design, and sign painting. Drawing on these references, he captures the chaotic, beautiful, and dynamic cacophony of Los Angeles itself. His paintings depict his life and memories, often grounded in specific sites, with references to his close relationship with the Pacific Coast. Growing up in Venice, he spent time surfing and later worked on a commercial sportfishing boat. He traveled to and resided in other parts of the United States, including significantly New Orleans, which has a rich history of sign painting, hand lettering, and muralism. His artworks are often constructed like collages, with different sections including representational imagery, bold text, built-up texture, and patterning. Combined with sometimes pointed text that comments on economy, personal history, and racial politics, these images offer a layered and uncompromising vision of contemporary life.
Devin Reynolds (b. 1991, Venice, California) received a BA from Tulane University in 2017. He has had solo exhibitions at Palm Springs Art Museum, California (2022); Residency Art Gallery, Inglewood, California (2020); Royale Projects, Los Angeles (2019); and Antenna, New Orleans (2018). Group exhibitions include those at Sebastian Gladstone, Los Angeles (2022); USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2021); Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles (2021); Tlaloc Studios, Los Angeles (2021); Anthony Gallery, Chicago (2021); 639 S. La Brea, Los Angeles (2021); Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans (2019); Catinca Tabacaru, New York (2019); Resonator Institute, Norman, Oklahoma (2019); Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York (2017); Core Gallery, New Orleans (2017); Chamber, Tacoma (2017); Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans (2017); and U.N.O. Gallery, University of New Orleans (2015). Reynolds was awarded an Early Art Practitioners Residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans (2018) and “Best in Show” as part of the Louisiana Contemporary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2017).