Gary Devon Artist
Born : Bangor, Northern Ireland 1958
Gary’s boyhood passion for painting ultimately led to a career as an artist. An initial engagement with a law degree at Cambridge University did not work out and he took up his paints again in favour of Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College London in 1981. Cityscape became his chosen theme.
Continuing to live in London after college Gary was commissioned by Prince Charles to paint Kensington Palace. Further commissions to paint private dwellings came from Diana Rigg, actress, Peter Alliss, BBC golf commentator and Lord Carrington.
Since his return home he has explored a diverse range of subjects: landscape, town and cityscape, harbour scenes, abandoned farmsteads and schools, treescapes, figures, animals, portraits and bird studies. He has exhibited in solo and joint exhibitions in Belfast, Derry and Dublin, winning acclaim in the annual RUA show with the Landscape Prize awarded by Hughie O’Donoghue and the Conor Prize for a painting with figures. He subsequently became an RUA member and has shown pieces in the RHA annual exhibition.
His impressive 200 sq. foot mural in Bangor’s North Down Museum depicts various views of the National Trust coastline at Ballymacormick Point incldung all the native flora and fauna. A more recent commission came from Royal Portrush Golf Club to portray the final day’s scene of the 2019 British Open. It shows Shane Lowry’s last swing towards the stands at the 18th green on his approach to victory. The Office of Public Works and North Down Council have acquired several works.
Gary is now a Ballinglen Fellow and has been in residencies to Cill Riallaig and the Heinrich Bōll Cottage on Achill.
Gary Devon Artist