Originally from Mill Valley California, artist Delia deVer moved to Texas after studying visual art at the California College of the Arts. Her unique use of color and modern approach to painting, drawing and textiles blossomed and matured in Texas through an artist residency in Marfa, TX. The light, open spaces, the play of time and the small town’s unusual artistic sophistication spoke to her interests in finding the edges and overlaps between material, abstraction, textiles, craft and nature inspired work. She continues to live between Texas and California offering creativity retreats and workshops as a Teaching Artist for LACMA in Los Angeles, as well as other organizations in both States.
In 2019 deVer became interested in creating paintings that would express appreciation for the Earth that would acknowledge, honor and attempt a kind of sacred expression. The communication would be a bold and direct offering of love to the Earth and hope for our future together, if not apology for all of our human abuses. deVer explored some ideas around this, but it wasn't until the 2020 quarantine that she was presented with a more clear way to do this. A new series of paintings materialized with direct influence from the colorful, striped textile work she had begun. The resulting minimalistic striped paintings appear to her as a modern form of Zen- Thangka- Mantra paintings, drawing from both her Eastern and Western approaches to art and life. She senses there is a message beyond her's emitting in the paintings from nature for us to receive as well. deVer's imaginative paintings have manifested as strong, beautiful and optimistic symbols in a simple and direct way. They contain layers of meaning through symbolism and the effects that color offers as a beneficial and enriching experience that penetrates beyond the visual experience with potent and live energy.
As a painter and contemporary textile Artists, her projects continue to inform each other as the art shawls lead the way to the striped paintings. Through the use of two large, wooden knitting needles, she found a way to work constructively with the new kinds of anxieties we currently live with. Receiving a generous donation of yarns to her studio, just before quarantine, supported the deVer art shawl projects and made them possible. She knitted the art shawls to give them a way as gifts. The simple act of creating, with out a larger intention beyond the expression of love, brought her back to very simple traditions as she recalled her Grandmothers and Mother making handmade gifts for others without concern for monetary gain, time or getting known. as is often the focus now.
Out of the exploration of the colorful and striped fiber pieces she was designing, a more minimalistic approach to her studio paintings naturally emerged. Her nature, abstract expressionist and dharma art themes became distilled, down to pure, bands of color vibrations. An attempt to find a way to create in the studio from a place of joy was successful in making paintings that she felt could share that with others. The minimalistic stripes of carefully made color relationships are intended to bring a positive color chord to the viewer and spaces they enliven. These nonverbal, color sounds offer a spectrum of benefit and well being.
A new way of composing her paintings has come about as well. She paints the vertical stripes in a horizontal direction, with direct influence from knitting the art shawls. She chooses to measure the stripes and paint them by hand rather than using a tape method. She feels this offers a way to work with craftsmanship and honors skill in a world of more and more machine made objects, She also likes conserving tape and prefers the hand painted edges. Because color is honored as a vehicle that communicates powerfully through the earth's natural pigments, deVer's striped paintings are made with oil paints.
She has continued work as an Art activists in 2020 as co-founder of Vote=Voice, a collaborative Art effort in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Other Art themes around her art activists efforts are centered around protecting nature and wildlife.
deVer's approach to art creation works in an intentional, simple way that honors the raw beauty of materials. She incorporates eastern concepts of art and life based on formal training as a dharma artist. She strives to share a lively experience she feels from nature and the truth that we are interconnected. Placing nature, plants and animals upon the pedestal of canvas and sculpture through her modern and energetic style features them boldly. Inspiring others to be innovative, excited and to take positive action towards protecting nature is the best outcome she hopes to offer.
2021 Blanco Studios group exhibit, Fort Worth, TX
2021 Guest Artist presentation
Dharma Art Conference for Artists and Teachers, Los Angeles
2020 Vote=Voice artist collaboration community installations, Fort Worth, TX
2019 Dharma Art exhibit and collaboration, L.A. West side Center Los Angeles, CA
2018 Open Studio/house concert, Fort Worth, TX
2017 Fort Worth Community Art Center “Impromptu” Fort Worth, TX
2015 BRIT Botanical Research Institute, Fort Worth, TXSolo exhibit
2013 Rose Marine Gallery, Fort Worth, TX Group show
2012 InstallationLACMA event installation Los Angeles County Museum of Art
2011 Step into the ArtsDallas, TX
Deep Ellum Arts Festival Dallas, TX
2010 Absinthe Lounge galleryexhibit and auction, Dallas, TX
Bldg98 Marfa TX
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Arts GoggleLili’s Bistro, Fort Worth, TX
2009 Arts Goggle Fort Worth TX
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
2007 Deep Ellum Arts Festival
2006 2Painters and a Sculptor Local Color Gallery, Dallas TX
One Stop Gallery night, Fort Worth TX
Wildflower Festival art show Fort Worth, TX
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
2005 “Untitled” The Thinking Cup, Gallery night, Fort Worth, TX
Lectures, Panels, Distinctions
2020 NBC news feature Vote=Voice interview
BRIT Visiting Artist workshop
2012 Into The Wilderness Invigilator led discussion, Angels Gate Cultural Center
Tibetan Buddhism dharma art intensive L.A.
2011 Art Teachers Who Maintain Their Artistic Practice, TCU Panel discussion
Featured Artist NAEA presentation Dr. AlisonTCU and Author Peter Clothier “Persist”
Portrait for 2011 Texas State Musician Sara Hickman’s official seal
2005 Outdoor Learning Environments with Native plants, Guest Lecturer, BRIT Botanical Research Institute, Fort Worth, TX
Outdoor Learning Environments, Guest Lecturer, Native Plant Society, Denton, TX
Eastern Illinois University graduate studies MA
UCLA graduate studies
CCAC California College of the Arts BA
Cal PolySan Luis Obispo
Fort Worth Magazine, oct, 2020
Square One publication, featured artist
Marfa Public Radio KRTS 93.5, Talk at 10 interview, November 23rd, 2010,
Deep Ellum Arts Festival, You Tube video, April 3rd, 2010
Walking Through A Labyrinth on CD Delia deVer itunes, CDbaby
Aktive transport Delia deVer and Ty Macklin xsquaremusic.bandcamp.com
Portrait of Sara Hickman for State Musician Seal
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, ongoing art published weekly from 1999-2007
Sybex Inc, Art and illustrations for numerous publications 1989-1992
Walking Through A Labyrinth CD cover art, Aktive Transport CD and Song tittle art
Angels Gate Cultural Center Invigilator and development assistant
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Teaching Artist
LAEP Los Angeles Educational Partnership GEAR UP Art Teacher
Fort Worth ISD Art Teacher
EC-12 Art education State credentials California and Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Artist
Sybex Inc. International book publisher Artist
Visual Art sites
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